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ARCON THSD 211 Career Days Presentation_2

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An award-winning educational design firm specializing in K-12 and higher educational facilities
ARCON Associates
- Architects
- Roof and Masonry Consultants
- Environmental Consultants
- Landscape Architects
- 34 Years of Experience
- Over 1.5B in K-12 Projects
- Serving 42 Illinois School District Clients
ARCON Managers
- Construction Managers
- Over $300M in K-12 Projects
- $35M in K-12 Projects Currently
What are we talking about today?
Township High School District 211
All about ARCON
What an Architect is / does
Do you have what it Takes?
Related Fields
Typical Workday
Salary Ranges
The Difference between School and Work
Job Search Strategies
Top 10 List to Making the Transition
Palatine High School
Conant High School
Fremd High School
Schaumburg High School
Career Day Presentation
What's an architect?
ar-chi-tect - n.
one who designs and supervises the construction of buildings
What's ARCON?
What Services does ARCON provide?
Site Selection Assistance
Referendum Assistance
Educational Planning
And, as a part of all projects undertaken
- Design Development
- Bid Document Preparation
- Cost Estimating
- Value Engineering
- Life Cycle Cost Analyses
- Contractor Pre-Qualification
- Bidding
- Construction Administration
- Project Close-out
Hoffman Estates High School
What does an Architect do?
Designs buildings and the
surrounding environment
Facilitates the design process
Educates the Clients
Manages the construction process
What does it take to become
an Architect?
College education
Internship period
What skills are required?
Math Skills
Graphic and verbal communication skills
People skills
Leadership skills
Pride in your work
What are some related architectural fields?
Interior Design
Specialty Consulting
Architectural Sales/Marketing
Real-estate Developing
Building Inspection
What's a typical workday like?
CAD drafting sketches
Reviewing shop drawings
Shadowing the project architect when attending weekly construction meetings
Field measuring
Causing trouble
For the graduate architect:
What's a typical workday like?
For the project architect:
Designing a project and providing a preliminary cost estimate
Keeping in contact with the general contractor
Meeting with the client on site
Working out details on the construction documents
What's a typical workday like?
Taking calls from the client
Meeting with the marketing team to develop a plan
Meeting with the insurance broker to analyze the cost of the new health insurance
Resolving conflicts between employees
For the boss:
How much money can be made?
For the graduate architect:
$35,000 - $40,000
For the project architect:
$55,000 - $100,000
For the boss:
$150,000 - ?
A New Life Waiting
"Work is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to the job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to be able to afford to live in it."
- Ellen Goodman
(pulitzer prize winning columnist)
School vs. Work
Focus on you
You decide
Develop it
You and Others
Bottom Line
110%, all the time
Utilize it
Job Search Strategies
It's a numbers game...
As of March 2013, the national unemployment rate was
There were approximately 1.6 million college graduates in 2009
Recent college graduates who find a job before graduation
- 2006 : 72%
- 2007 : 51%
- 2008 : 26%
- 2009 : 19.7%
Make 20 new contacts each week
Job Search Strategies
4 Stages to every job opening...
Stage 1: No openings, but "taking applications"
Stage 2: Manager knows opening is on the horizon
Stage 3: Job is open - insiders desired
Stage 4: Job is advertised - last resort!
Job Search Strategies
Resume Writing...
Make it visually attractive
One page
What's your objective?
Skills based
Begin sentences with past-tense action verbs
Tailor it to each job
E-mail and hard copy it
Follow it up with a phone call
Job Search Strategies
Interviewing Tips...
Objective: get to the next level of interviews
Do your
Prove you are a problem solver
Focus on what you can do for them
"Why should we hire you?"
Job Search Strategies
What Managers really look for...
Skill #1: Leadership
Skill #2: Quality Focus
Skill #3: Proven Performance
Skill #4: Interpersonal Skills
Skill #5: Be a nice person with a great attitude
Top 10 List
#10: "He who listens well takes notes."
Document & record your accomplishments
# 9: Develop your "work" skills
How well can you:
Write a memo? / Meet deadlines? / Multi-task?
# 8: Politics isn't a dirty word...
Politics just is!
Learn the politics involved and try to adhere to proper protocol
# 7: What's your role?
Understand the big picture. You are a small part of a large machine
Focus on your job. Try to earn straight A's!
# 6: Build relationships
It's OK to make personal, life-long friends
Learn to negotiate differences and manage conflict
It's not just a Job
"...work is all about daily humiliations. It's about a search for daily meaning, as well as daily bread, for recognition, as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor. In short, it's a search for a sort of life rather than a "Monday through Friday" sort of dying."
- Studs Terkel in "Working"
Pulitzer Prize winning author/Chicagoan/radio personality
Top 10 List
#1: Be the best employee
Never embarrass your boss
Keep your boss informed
Offer solutions, not problems
Be consistent
Do what is asked and close the loop
Work hard
Learn your boss' expectations
Make your boss look good
Respect your boss' authority
Be available
Accept criticism and feedback
Take ownership of the job
Reduce your need for supervision
Play it straight
Do more than you are asked
Accept assignments willingly
Top 10 List
# 5: Join the culture club
Companies want employees to fit in and embrace their culture
# 4: Fitting in
Become part of the "system" before you try to change it
Admit you don't have all the answers
# 3: First impressions mean a lot
Before you do or say something, think about how it will seem to someone who doesn't know you.
# 2: Attitude adjustment
Positive attitude, humility, respect and confidence
Readiness to learn and change
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