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Career change at 41
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Hi,I've been a 3D graphics artist for over 20 years and considering retraining as a Landscape Architect, having been accepted into a two-year MLA conversion program in the UK.  But before I do so, I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joey Donovan Jul 2.

 

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Joey Donovan replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"Thanks for offering your experience Grant, you were exactly the person I was thinking of when I saw Gia's first post!"
Jul 2
J. Robert Wainner replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"Grant......I'm seriously impressed with all that you have accomplished.....especially at your age. You DO "realize"......that you are definitely an "anomaly"....right? *smile*.  I guess, I'm just thinking that…"
Jul 1
Grant Beerling replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"Ok short answer as my iPhone is difficult to write with at any length on this web site. A friend of Joey, I started at 44, finished at 49, and 4 and half years later I am a senior LA. Ba and Ma route. Worked stupid hard, all nighters and doubles,…"
Jul 1
Chunling Wu replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"In reality, you won't get low pay as long as your new career/job is still related to your background. But it may be a risk in many aspect if you completely jump into a new career. It's a risk because it's not just what one person…"
Jun 29
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"I'm not a big fan of the "internship" but I get it that the intention is to promote experience. The reality is that it creates opportunity for exploitation. One can exploit while patting himself on the back for "giving back"…"
Jun 29
Joey Donovan replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"Hi there! Sorry I've not been able to get anyone to contact you directly. I do have some further advice, however- contact the UK Landscape Institute (the professional body representing landscape architects). They will give you advice more…"
Jun 28
Jonathan Sampson replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"Absolutely. And, you have to add-in that licensing requirements mean that production staff are (legitimately) utilized at the lowest rate possible; and, they have to accept those conditions if they ever want to become licensed. It's sort of a…"
Jun 27
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"I think it gets overlooked that it is not very time consuming for a principal designer to put together a conceptual plan and delegate it to staff. When that is the case, the principal first only needs production staff. A principal designer can begin…"
Jun 27
Jonathan Sampson replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"(this is a first!) 100% agree. Doesn't matter if you're a BLA or a MLA, you will only be valued as an entry level draftsman (draftsperson), and you should expect to be making entry-level wages. For me, having had a fairly lucrative career…"
Jun 27
J. Robert Wainner replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"Jonathan; I do AGREE with what you stated in your last paragraph.  I really believe that, 95% of the LA firms Gia were to interview with would want potentially hire her to ONLY focus on 3D renderings...she has too much talent and expertise to…"
Jun 27
Jonathan Sampson replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"Let me blunt - getting started in LA is a young person's game. I completed my MLA and started in LA in my early 30s and I found it impalatable. MLAs programs take what an undergrad BLA does and multiples it by 2. In essence, you complete over…"
Jun 26
J. Robert Wainner replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"Hi Craig; Though, I know you and I don't agree "politically", which is fine....I think we can agree to disagree on that issue. However, as (2) LAs, I believe you and I are on the SAME page here. Landscape Architecture has a "very…"
Jun 17
J. Robert Wainner replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"Great advise here, Joey. Since you have an MLA.....you're in a better situation to discuss that issue for "Gia".  My thinking is that....if a person does not have an undergraduate degree in "Landscape…"
Jun 16
Gia Sadhwani replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"That would be incredibly helpful, thank you.  Especially if you hear from mature students at all!"
Jun 16
Joey Donovan replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"You're welcome! I actually just checked up on a former colleague who recently attained a senior landscape architecture position, six years after attaining their masters degree. I will ask around and see if any of my former classmates are…"
Jun 16
Gia Sadhwani replied to Gia Sadhwani's discussion 'Career change at 41'
"That was extremely helpful actually!  Many thanks for your reply.  "
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