It's great to see an increase of students studying architecture. However, it is disappointing to see that there are a number of graduates that choose not to progress into the industry.

The AJ Survey shows the lack of site visits in the work place generally, especially for Part 1 Students. This is a crucial time to encourage students to learn how a design in the office can be transformed in to a working building on site.

Director, Steve Cummings outlines how Pick Everard is endeavouring to make graduate placements more productive and enjoyable. Steve says: "Offering the right support to graduates in their early career has to involve meaningful conversations. Ongoing feedback, dialogue and team days are crucial, as well as on-the-job coaching. We have created a graduate community, encouraging better opportunity to share experiences to benefit from each other’s ambition."

My time as a graduate has provided me with many invaluable experiences. As a Part 1 Architectural Assistant at Pick Everard I recently attended their Graduate Day, which is a great example of how new graduates like me can gain vital experience. The day brought together graduates from across all offices to network and allowed us to share our experiences within industry. 

I have also recently been involved in a project to help a community in one of the poorest parts of India through providing 50 new homes. This was a partnership between Pick Everard and De Montfort University (DMU). My role has been to project manage the life-changing scheme, which has been a powerful illustration of the social value of architecture. Projects such as these help shape a graduates experiences, career and are vital to for their progression.