Monday, November 1, 2021
Program of Study: Architectural Technology, Co-op
Work Placements: Build IT by Design
What did you do during your placement?
My main job was to assist the Manager of Design and Manager of Estimating. This included day to day duties such as attending meetings and taking notes, completing material take offs, reviewing consultant proposals, filling out the budget tracker, maintaining a relationship with consultants and trades, and more.
What were some of the most important things you learned during your WIL experience, and why were they so important?
My work placement experience not only developed my adaptability skills and self-confidence, but it taught me so much about the industry. My career plans completely shifted once I started my position. I had always thought I wanted to work in a design firm right after I graduated, starting off in a junior interior design position. However, working at Build IT has shown me all the different job opportunities and how important they all are. It allowed me to work with women that are doing great things in the industry that I look up to and have impacted me in a positive way.
What advice would you give to other students who are thinking about participating in work placement?
To other students I would say: Even though the unknown is scary and you might feel like you don’t know enough, it’s worth it. You gain so much insight and knowledge. Experiencing the industry firsthand and not just through classes is invaluable. You have the opportunity to connect and meet people that are supportive and there to help you.
What advice would you give to female students pursuing a career in technology?
I know that in an industry that’s mostly run by men, and where women are under-represented, it can sometimes be intimidating. It’s okay to feel uncomfortable because oftentimes that pushes you to do better. Although there will always be someone that is biased, it’s important to push past the stereotypes, speak your mind, and persevere.