"Fun. I have really enjoyed playing disc. We played a lot in college, way cheaper than actual golf and less to get frustrated with, unless you throw a $20 disc into the Red River in Fargo. Not cool. I even had a period playing with my kids…"
"It never hurts to think outside the box for networking. You don't just want to meet other Landscape Architects. You want to meet potential future clients, other professionals(Archs., Engineers, Nurseryman, etc), and people involved in the…"
"Another option if you have no relevant experience is to cast a wider net. Look at jobs that will build skills that you can ultimately use as an LA.
Examples would be:
1. CAD tech positions in any field.
2. Landscape/Design Build.
"They just started offering this, it is misleading since to get licensed your internship period is greatly increased and you will be competing with MLA and BLA grads for entry level positions.
It is great for folks that want to do Residential…"
"Something else to consider is where you want to work when you are done. If you want to work as a Design/Build contractor the 2 year program is great. Otherwise you will need to work under a LA for a long time to be able to get your state…"
I worked for Halla last year and was a horrible experience, and really made me skeptical about any garden center designing. I agree the D/B is frustrating when the contractor wont install things per plan. Its even difficult to have a 5 minute meeting to discuss things.
When I interviewed at Dundee the job position was 0 salary with 8% commission as the only pay. Didnt make sense. I now work for a Landscape Contractor as the only LA and really miss the other side of design.
For 10+ years I worked in an A/E firm and really enjoyed the multi-discipline atmosphere and designing large projects. Well until then, I'm still optimistically searching for that perfect career.
I applied and was denied licensure based on the fact that I don't have any experience working under a licensed LA. I work for an architecture/engineering firm and the statute only recognizes up to 2 years of experience in such a firm. It has been a topic of debate around here as to the validity of that requirement.
I was a little worried about sections C and E, naturally, but having a background working for an A/E firm I was able to pass all of the sections on the first go-round. It's definitely unfortunate to hear stories of people taking them 3,4,5 times to get a passing score.
I'm 5 years out of school, only 4 yrs experience, and am currently speaking with some potential candidates for a potential supervisory role for me. We will see how it pans out, as my job security somewhat relies on me becoming licensed.
Congratulations on your achieving licensure as a landscape architect! I am on the same path myself, having completed all sections of the LARE I am now waiting to fulfill my experience requirements before applying again for licensure. Care to share your story for encouragement?