Architectural Design and CAD

If you've studied Architectural Design or CAD and are wondering about your career options and/ or how to to get your first graduate job, have a look at the following information for tips and pointers. If you'd like to talk anything through, arrange a careers interview with us.

What are my career options?

Your course will have enabled you to build a range of design and computer skills as well as knowledge of the construction process. As a result, the career options open to you are diverse. Some examples of careers that you might be interested in include:

  • Architectural technician
  • Architectural technologist
  • CAD designer
  • Interior/ spatial designer
  • Industrial product designer
  • Historic buildings inspector/ conservation officer
  • Structural engineer
  • Freelance property developer

Have a look at the occupational profiles on Prospects and the National Careers Service for more information on these and other options.

What do Architectural Design and CAD graduates do?

This is what some recent University of Wolverhampton graduates were doing six months after finishing their course:

  • Trainee design architect
  • Trainee building inspector
  • Architectural technician
  • Architectural technologist
  • Project manager
  • Computer aided designer
  • Contracts manager
  • Building surveyor
  • Design engineer
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Industrial designer
  • Computer model texturer
  • 3D Modeller

Who could I work for?

The skills and knowledge that you have developed may be of benefit to a variety of different employers and as a result you may find employment in a range of settings such as: construction companies, surveyors, housing associations, architectural firms, local councils, interior design firms, heritage organisations or civil and structural engineering companies.

Where can I find jobs and work experience?

Generally, a good place to start looking is Jobs Board which has local and national jobs and placement schemes for students and graduates in all areas. Also have a look at local council websites.

Have a look at the following links which describe the ways in which you can find work according to the type of company you want to work for.  

Architectural Firms

If you want to find jobs and work experience in architectural practices it is often best to approach firms speculatively. Have a look on the following websites for firms to approach speculatively, as well as those advertising vacancies.

Construction Companies

Download our Job Hunting in Construction or see the following sites:

Interior Design Consultancies

If you want to work for a design consultancy it is often best to approach firms speculatively. Consultancies can be found via:

Design jobs are also advertised on coroflot.

You may also find our Interior Design and Spatial Planning handout useful.

Other useful websites

  • MADE - an architecture centre in the West Midlands which runs design competitions, public events and workshops
  • The Architectural Review - magazine for anyone interested in architecture containing details of exhibitions, events and directories of architectural organisations