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Nine out of ten graduates want to be architects

Published: Wednesday, 22 July 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Despite the long hours it is commonly known for, architecture is remaining a popular career choice for graduates with 90% of students studying the subject still planning to work in the industry.

This means that just 10% of architecture graduates from last year’s set of leavers plan to change profession.

Dedication to the profession

This data was obtained as part of the annual Students Destinations Survey which was compiled by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in association with the University of Sheffield.

It questioned students from universities across the country with the full list of participating establishments as follows:

1. Birmingham City University
2. Cardiff University
3. Kingston University
4. Northumbria University
5. Queens University
6. Robert Gordon University
7. University of Sheffield

The research also found that 84% of architecture graduates from 2014 are already working in the sector with 13% of those not currently employed in it revealing that this was due to lack of interest. 

Trends amongst those still studying architecture courses was also evaluated as a way to establish what students intend to do after obtaining their degree.

After graduating from Part 1 of the course, a massive 90% of students plan to stick with the subject – even though recent research claimed the average architect works longer hours with an average of 10 hours overtime per week.

Parental support vital for graduates

The survey also found that for 38% of respondents parental support played a key role in their education; funding the course via trust fund, inheritance or by giving them an allowance. 

A sight gender gap was also noted as male architecture graduates typically found it slightly easier to become permanently employed in the sector than females. 

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