Careers expert Matthew Turner advises an architect considering a move to a different practice
I met up with a old friend recently and when we caught up on where I work, I was a bit stung when they said ‘You are still there?’ It got me thinking, should I move on? The majority of people in my practice have been there only a few years. The thing is, I don’t particularly want to move on. I quite like where I am, and I find change very hard.
Comparing ourselves to other people can be a helpful point of reference, but I would suggest it should not be the main driver for managing your career. Sure, many people move around, and there are advantages to getting a variety of offices and work practices under your belt, as well as the opportunity to ask for a higher salary.
But there is equally a lot to be said for really committing to and growing with a practice, especially as it sounds you are happy with the status quo. It is also really great you recognise that you find change hard, knowing yourself is key to having a successful career.
There is a lot to be said for really committing to and growing with a practice
Many people who move around a lot might privately reflect that, after a while, you realise no practice is perfect, and the alacrity to move on can work against the long experience that you need to build as an architect. After all, how many times can you say you have truly worked on and followed through the building cycle if you spend no more than a couple of years in each practice?
AJ coach Matthew Turner is an architect and careers consultant who runs the Building on Architecture consultancy. To contact him with your questions, tweet @TheAJcoach or email him in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org