NYT: Architecture Down…My Response..but not out
Last month, the New York Times published an article discussing how while college is a great investment, a major in Architecture is not one. Because the unemployment rates for architecture graduates were the highest, that was the major to make the enemy. Let us forget the fact that the return on investment is not only higher than majors such as anthropology and archaeology whose median was $28,000 as well as the fact that journalism was not very far behind on unemployment numbers. Architecture is the enemy.
My response to this is two-fold: For one, it is a horrid recession for all majors as well as all graduates. Personally, I met a woman with two Masters in Government who has had to start her own freelance writing business to get food on her table. This is not the time to point fingers at anything, let alone educational factors. Secondly, like every major a person chooses, they must be passionate about it and ready to work in any avenue to survive. I see many majors today in the same boat as struggling actors, taking acting classes during the day and trudging through auditions…but one day find their break. Like every art-related career path like architecture, this is the life we chose. Statistics don’t make passion, people do.