Architects Dish Out This Piece of Advice

I’m sure even the most motivated and organized of us have been known to procrastinate from time to time. The classic “five minute YouTube break” that turns into a three hour exploration of home workouts and cute baby animal videos. Don’t pretend like you haven’t been there at least once! We’re human, procrastination is bound to happen, but if there is one thing I’ve heard a lot of lately, it’s: don’t procrastinate the professional internship process.

In my short four years as a member of the architecture community, I have come across a very large group of professionals that have advised me of this. It is not uncommon for people to get caught up in life and wait 10 or 20 years to complete something that may have only needed to take 3 or 4 years at the beginning. Not to mention, often 20 years can turn in to never. For some that is perfectly fine, as they have found their path for success. However, if your interest is in professional registration, then don’t wait another minute!

I am feeling fortunate to have gotten the process underway myself, as I had started my internship five months ago. With that said I’ve already found that I’ve let my hours build up without consistent logging. Luckily, being registered in the internship program means a certain level of accountability. There is a system in place to ensure individuals keep moving through the program, so I won’t be slacking for long.

It’s not that hard to set the process in motion and it will mean the potential for more creative and professional freedom, as well as a larger pay cheque!

Have you began your internship process, or are you stuck in that procrastination rut? If you have been through the process already, any advice for getting started and staying focused?


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Two things
    One – keep a weekly log – every Friday spend a little bit of time to fill in some information around what you have been doing, keep it fairly detailed so that you don’t have to guess later on. I’ve also started categorizing these according to how the IAP categorizes hours. Make it pretty too to keep you motivated!
    Two – use the company system! The place you work at is keeping track of your hours anyways so ask them to give you a print out of hours worked by project from x-date to x-date – then you know exactly what you’ve got and you can cross reference your own log!


    1. Dani Lalonde says:

      Thanks so much Sydney! Two very good pointers!… I still have to get into the IAP categorization. I’ve heard that’s a good strategy. Wicked reminder 🙂


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