Professional Development and Career Resources

With growing anxiety and isolation spreading across the globe, COVID-19 affects all aspects of our lives. The job market is no exception. While networking remains the top way to find and secure your career of choice, it’s typically practiced in person. As we begin rethinking our day-to-day work, the way we find new work deserves another look, too.

Poster for "Business of art | Freelancers, know your place"

You’re an independent contractor, but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own if you experience discriminatory behavior.

Alan Fan in the offices of EwingCole

Alan Fan and Neng Zhu didn’t have a typical spring break this year. Instead of opting for a trip someplace warm, the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design students landed weeklong externships at EwingCole—an architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm in Philadelphia.

Both in Penn’s graduate architecture program, Fan and Zhu spent five full workdays at the company, attending meetings, diving into some projects, and even making visits to sites under construction, including Penn’s Ringe Squash Courts and Citizens Bank Park.  

Yijing Zhang at the PennDesign Career Fair

On Friday, March 15, 2019 almost 500 students participated in the annual Design Career Connection Day in Houston Hall. This year the career fair was extended to four hours and occupied both the Hall of Flags and Bodek Lounge.

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Being successful in your career is not necessarily specific to your choice of field of study or the grades you earn.

Exploring graduate career options and determining potential career paths is tough enough, but that's just what gets you started in the job search. Figuring out what the daily work environment will be like is an important consideration for graduate students in accepting and applying for jobs.

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Students and postdocs generally lack confidence in their own abilities, writes Joseph Barber, or at least lack practice in communicating those abilities to others.

Students receiving instruction in Externship program

The Office of Professional Development & Leadership is pleased to announce the new 2019 Externship Program for architecture students. This program aims to help prepare graduate architecture students enter the work world by providing access to real-world work experiences at architecture firms in Berkeley, Boston, Chicago, D.C., Los Angeles, New York City, and Philadelphia. 

Article: Nine more alternative careers for architects

Not all career changes from architecture require quitting a full-time job—and more importantly, the paycheck that accompanies it—for retraining or school. Myriad professions benefit from skills honed in architecture, such as design thinking, creative problem solving, and project management, which can ease and hasten the daunting transition and life decision.

Presentation on alternative career paths

On February 7, 2018 PennDesign students gathered in the Upper Gallery to hear a panel discussion on alternative career paths in design.