I am a drafter who studied 2.5 years for a diploma & upon completion landed a job with a builder earning $30 000 plus super. Not bad for someone straight out of TAFE.
Two years later I left the workforce to study architecture where I was offered one years credit which I felt to be unfair as I found myself sitting in lectures revisiting things I learned at TAFE. Being in my mid-twenties I decided I could not justify paying for an education that I had in part & therefore ten weeks later decided to quit. I am aware the course has a lot more to offer over the four years but come on you can't seriously tell me it has any financial worth. From my observation/experience you either have it or you don't and studying for that amount of time isn't going to change that!
I have been working in the industry for 5 years & been slowly working my way up, get paid reasonably well & have recently been in charge of the documentation of a multi-million dollar house with another in the pipeline (both over 4 million). I am being exposed to the same elements as an architect but without the title. I have a natural design flair & luckily the practice I am with doesn't distinguish between job titles only ability.
Some of the architectural & interior design graduates I have worked with have been of an absolute poor standard & there attitude is unbelievable. Seriously you guys need to sharpen up if you want to get somewhere within this industry. It is very hard work and only pays well to those who put in the extra 10%. Even the existing architects are a lot to be desired most of them are introverted individuals who have very poor communication skills & there standard of work is absolutely rubbish I am forever fixing there mistakes. A lot of them seem to forget that the design aspect of a project is only 5% of the work involved!
I am very much looking forward to any architects responses & there justifications for studying for a degree!