So Land8Lounge has at least a couple hundred people as members yet it seems like we only hear from the same 10-20 folks over and over again. Where the He11 is everyone? The profession in the US is in crisis mode and we should be hearing from all those new and old within the industry. What's going on? Are you making it? Are you alive? I am dying for some meaty professional topics. Here are some sample topics to get you started:
-Since when did an LA degree become the training grounds for Strarbuck's baristas?
-Why did my old firm lay me off and keep that brown-noser who laughs too hard at the principal's jokes?
-Why does self-employed feel so much like unemployed?
-Why does ASLA ignore the present and bask in the glory of the past?
-Where are the projects in this country?
-Recent graduates, what the heck is happening with you guys?
-How can I be overqualified and underqualified at the same time?
-Where are we going as a profession, as a nation, as a species?
-Why haven't my pencils been sharpened in years?
-Why do I cry out to those on this website whom I cannot hear?
.........I am cold and frightened and bears are coming.
And in this economy... what makes you think that getting a higher degree will have ANY bearing on getting a job? It will certainly put you deeper in debt!
I graduated in 09 with internships before that and currently I work in a design/build firm that is quite busy. We have a drought here in Texas which is severely injuring the build side of landscape minus people replacing their turf grasses with aggregate.
That being said, the reason for a lack of attention to land8 on my part is that it is just another thing to keep track of on a daily basis. Between client relations, general social media (promotion), dealing with media, as well as actual work loads, I sometimes lack the brain power to monitor another channel of conversation regularly.
And while it is a bit daunting to think of the huge firms and foreign work force, this is where people need to innovate. This is where people need to find a niche that is more protected. It is the nature of ANY business not just the design field. Up your technology, renderings, unique specialities. Don't just throw your hands up at the fact that the big companies are winning the RFPs.
Good luck to all.
You are discounting the "lurkers". I love reading but don't have time to post. I know better. If I post I will get caught up in long drawn out debates that are fun but time consuming...
I just did it, didn't I? I posted. Now I am screwed.