The skills offered by an architecture degree are remarkably broad and are transferable to many sectors.
Some of our graduates decide to explore other avenues with the skills they have gained – including fashion- buyer, international finance analyst, property developer, and higher education project manager.
Graduates from SSoA have gone on to work for some of the best-regarded architectural practices in the UK and abroad. How has studying at SSoA helped our graduates to develop the skills that they have needed for this?
1. Appreciating the value of process
Students at SSoA are encouraged to experiment and to reflect on their development work. Rigorous process and analysis can be re-deployed in many situations.
“The great thing about Sheffield graduates is that they are able to think around a problem instead of just crashing straight into it” – Employer
“It’s working towards an understanding of the process of architecture that’s so important to the learning experience at SSoA.” – 3rd Year student
2. Learning to manage your workload
Students often say that working efficiently is a hugely beneficial skill both during and after university. So, how do students work on lots of different tasks at the same time?
“Prioritise important work, and cut out labour intensive tasks which don’t add value. Be ruthless; select what you really need and spend more time on that!” – 3rd Year student
“Work smart – use drawings and models you already have. Make your work work for you – for example, consider making one model for explaining your site, your strategy and your perspectives.” – 2nd Year Student
3. Developing a personal skillset
At SSoA you will be encouraged to develop your own methods of working. While core skills are important, there is no such thing as a ‘standard’ architect!
“It’s the lateral thinking, problem solving and design skills that you learn at Sheffield that are definitely more important in the workplace.” – ‘Year in Practice’ student
“I feel like I’ve gained a great foundation of skills to build my career.” – ‘Year in Practice’ student
4. Time management
Learn to make good estimates of how long certain tasks might take you. Plan and prioritise your work. keep less demanding tasks for when you are more tired.
“It is self-administration and use of time that makes you a successful student.” – Mature student
“Spend as much time on theory as practical work, as it affects the practical in a large way; it changes the very way you design.” – ‘Year in Practice’ student
5. Being attentive and rigourous in your work
It is easy to think of tasks and assignments as chores – in fact they are the means by which you are stretched and challenged intellectually, especially in the areas you would prefer to avoid.
“Always take time to figure out your own view and draw your own conclusions.” – 3rd Year student
“The University emphasised the importance of taking ownership of your project and paying close attention to detail… often this has meant that I am prepared for the next task as I don’t have to waste time redoing work.” – ‘Year in Practice’ student