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Job Shadow Research Paper

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This job shadow was one of my most challenging, yet most enjoyable assignments this semester. There were parts that surprised me, and parts that inspired me, but overall this was one of my favorite assignments ever. This assignment was difficult for me since I am usually a very introverted person, and this task pushed me to come out of my shell a little more than I normally feel comfortable with. I was compelled to take initiative in conversations in order to obtain the information I needed which was very difficult for me. At the same time, it was also very entertaining for me as I could examine how an architect thinks through, and designs buildings and other structures right in front of my eyes. Going into this assignment, I expected it was…show more content…
Despite the demands, I believe that the positives outweigh the negatives and I still want to pursue this field. Mr. Barber said that thinking on the fly is one of the most difficult parts of his job that he struggles with in his day-to-day work. He also said that people skills are a very important part of this job. You need to know how to communicate efficiently and effectively, or entire projects can fall apart, which adds an immense amount of stress to the job. One last point that is challenging about becoming an architect is all the training. Most architects need 5 years of college, and must undergo a tremendous amount of after college training that is very rigorous and challenging. At first the thought of all this training scared me a little bit, but then I remembered the picture of the kids in Africa at the hospital, and that gave me the desire to continue in this dream of mine. I know that pursuing this field will be challenging, but I believe it will be worth it in the end. If I sincerely wish to pursue this field I need to come up with a plan of action. First, I would like to do some research over the summer, and hopefully find a summer course on architecture. Mr. Barber also recommended to do more shadowing. In fact, he sent me the contact info for a few firms here in town. I believe that this would give me a solid background in
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