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Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barbara Brem Apr 22, 2011. 18 Replies

I am approaching my one year anniversary since graduation from my accredited MLA program and have yet to secure the traditional LA job with the hopes of becoming a RLA in a timely 2 years (State of…Continue

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Jun 8, 2011
Barbara Brem replied to Lorna Allen's discussion 'Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?'
"Don't know how most firms work up there but have you tried contract labor?  That is, talking to various firms about helping out on whatever projects they need an extra hand on at the moment: you would be considered self-employed so no…"
Apr 22, 2011
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Lorna Allen's discussion 'Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?'
"Here is the deal as I see it. This is a diverse profession folks. There are a lot of career paths within it and a lot of different ways to get to various points along that path. Lorna is quite clear about her path - to return to work as a licensed…"
Apr 20, 2011
mauiBob replied to Lorna Allen's discussion 'Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?'
"Let me be the devil's advocate here. If obtaining a license is your main goal, then working in that nonprofit field isn't going to adequately prepare you for the exam...no matter how many contracts or project management you are…"
Apr 20, 2011
mauiBob replied to Lorna Allen's discussion 'Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?'
"I agree with you! In my opinion, graduating students or entry level candidates should NEVER be allowed to take the exam. Or make the exam more difficult. Take out the multiple answer test of Sections A, B & D and replace with write-in answers.…"
Apr 20, 2011
mark foster replied to Lorna Allen's discussion 'Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?'
"The key is "some places"--licensure in every state is different.  What is the difference between IL, and the state "back east"? "
Apr 20, 2011
Jason T. Radice replied to Lorna Allen's discussion 'Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?'
"Another nice thing about this profession, we don't have to retire...ever. We can consult or freelance part time later on in years. We don't retire, we expire."
Apr 20, 2011
Tanya Olson replied to Lorna Allen's discussion 'Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?'
"I really appreciated this reminder Andrew. - "I know an ASLA national award winning landscape architect who started out as a receptionist back in the darker days of the 80's in a surveyor's office (had GSD MLA)." If we stay in…"
Apr 20, 2011
Heather Smith replied to Lorna Allen's discussion 'Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?'
"I do think it is a good idea to reevaluate your time table. My husband took and passed all the tests...it is possible to pass more then one section at a time, especially the three multiple choice tests. He studied for all of them at the same time…"
Apr 20, 2011
Jordan Lockman replied to Lorna Allen's discussion 'Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?'
"I worked design/build for the first 3 years out of school. It took a year and a half off the experience requirement since it counted at half time. I didn't end up needing it though since I waited until I was seven years out to get…"
Apr 20, 2011
Lorna Allen replied to Catherine J Thompson's discussion 'Hunting'
"Areas with permanent government installments (i.e. military bases/DC) have/were hit less than areas without during this recession. I know from personal experience that work continued to trickle and has even now begun to pick up more (mainly in the…"
Apr 20, 2011
Heather Smith replied to Lorna Allen's discussion 'Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?'
"it does...but the clock is ticking then...six years for our neighbor Washington State...if self employed and licensed elsewhere."
Apr 20, 2011
Lorna Allen replied to Lorna Allen's discussion 'Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?'
"Such a great response. I will look further into those options and keep an eye out for opportunities."
Apr 20, 2011
Lorna Allen replied to Lorna Allen's discussion 'Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?'
":) Great idea, but unfortunately to be registered in other states such as NC or IL - the time requirement still stands."
Apr 20, 2011
Lorna Allen replied to Lorna Allen's discussion 'Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?'
"No, unfortunately not. Up until now, all of their work has been smaller scale or projects that do not require a RLA, thus their team of horticulturist and landscape designers has been sufficient."
Apr 20, 2011
Heather Smith replied to Lorna Allen's discussion 'Seeking Alternatives - How to become a RLA when the traditional jobs just aren't out there?'
"Move to Idaho! haha...you can take your test here without working under anyone."
Apr 20, 2011

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At 7:35pm on December 26, 2010, Amy Verel said…
Thanks Lorna - just saw your comment on that discussion before Christmas. NYC is great as always, and if I can manage working from home tomorrow during this ridiculous blizzard, so much the better! Hope you're well - drop me a line and let me know how things are going, and Happy New Year!
At 3:13pm on December 2, 2010, Dan Lambert said…
Hey Lorna! How'd you like Jim Leggitt's webinar yesterday? Was it good and informative?
At 1:24pm on September 7, 2010, Dan Lambert said…
One of these years I'll catch up to ya! Hope all is well for you two in Chi-Town.
At 9:53pm on February 4, 2010, Rob Williams said…
Welcome to the lounge. I have a lot of business partners in Raleigh/ Durham area.

Rob
 
 
 

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