Lincoln School of Architecture & Built Environment
Do you love how well designed buildings can change and improve our lives and communities? Are you passionate about a perfectly placed window, the most efficient eco-friendly materials, or new ways of shaping spaces? Maybe you’re the next pioneer in affordable housing, or you want to design the next skyscraper? Maybe you’re all about the interiors, or you love designing how entire towns and cities look and function to make all our lives flow better? Whether you’re an aspiring architect, inspired interior designer, or a connoisseur in cutting edge construction, there are a number of resources available to help you choose which career you would like to pursue.
If you’re not sure what you’d like to do yet, the links below may help you to decide.
You can see what careers other graduates who studied your degree entered by reading the Prospects ‘What Do Graduates Do?’ guide:
Before starting your job search, it can be helpful to identify which industries you’re interested in. This will help you tailor and focus your job search. The following resources are highlighted specifically with Architecture and the Built Environment in mind.
The hidden job market is a phrase used to describe unadvertised posts. This can be common for the creative industry and particularly common for the Architecture sector. To find out about potential opportunities that may not be advertised, you may need to use Speculative Applications. This is when you contact a company you’d like to work for directly to advertise your skills and let them know you’d like to join them. For further information on speculative applications see our dedicated page.
Showcasing platforms are important networking tools for the creative industries. Employers use these sites to discover talent. Start by uploading your work to the Creative Showcase to showcase your work to employers who are interested in University of Lincoln students and graduates. For further advice on creative applications and portfolios see our dedicated page.
Graduate Scheme Options
A graduate scheme is a structured training programme run by an employer to develop future leaders of an organisation. They are relevant for an individual interested in developing a range of experience across an organisation rather than a specialist route such as Architecture which has its own specific route. Schemes can exist in a variety of industries with a high percentage of companies open to any degree discipline.
Property & Construction Companies with Graduate Schemes
Alternative graduate schemes open to any degree discipline:
- Advertising/ Marketing – Virgin Media, BT, Boots, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO.
- Management – Morrisons, National Rail, Enterprise Rent a Car
- Public Sector – Civil Service Fast Stream, NGDP
- Education/ Social Work – Frontline, Teach First, Explore Learning
- HR – Whitbread, National Rail, Boots
For further research into graduate schemes see the UK’s top 300 most popular graduate employers.
Remember you can use your transferable skills from your degree to apply to a wide range of options.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
For general support and information about protected characteristics please visit our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion page.
Many employers and organisations advertise opportunities and initiatives to attract candidates from under-represented backgrounds and improve representation within their industry. The links below offer an insight into targeted initiatives and support available within industries related to your school.
Centre for Accessible Environments The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) has been a leading authority on inclusive design for over 40 years. The provide consultancy, training, research and publications on building design and management to meet all user needs, including disabled and older people. The also run a pathway programme for 18 – 30 disabled talent living in London.
Go Construct’s Women in Construction page offers case studies and a list of bespoke programme and networks for women interested in the construction industry.
RIBA offer a variety of support around diversity including advice regarding mental health and the benefits of mentoring.
Creative Access offers a jobs board, training and support to candidates and are working towards a day when Britain’s society is truly reflected in the creative industries.
If you’d like more personalised advice on how to start thinking about your career in architecture, you can always book a Careers Guidance session with one of our advisors for a one to one chat.