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Florida International University
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My First Job as an Architectural Associate

Name: Daniel Tabet

Hometown: Bhamdoun, Lebanon

Degree/Major: Architecture

Where are you working? Job Title? WHAA, Associate

How did you get your job?
I sent in my portfolio and resume

What was your greatest fear going into your first job and how did you face it or overcome it?
That I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as the last firm that I was working with.

What surprised you the most about your first job?
With my first firm, I was nervous about vastly different the practice was from the actual field work

What advice do you have for those beginning the job search process?
Make a phenomenal portfolio, and save all of your work in evenly archived folders for later use.

What does a day on the job look like?
Meet with clients, draft up plans, submit permits to the city, and try to keep the clients from going over budget

How does your job connect back to your coursework?
The programs that I’ve used previously are somewhat similar to what I use at the job.

How has your transition from school to work? How do you balance your time?
I would usually make a schedule for absolutely everything. A reminder helps to keep me in check.

What’s been the coolest thing about your job so far?
The responsibility mixed in with the flexibility to be creative (Also enjoying the projects once they’re finished)

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