If there is one thing I’ve learned in my short three years of my architecture career, it’s that it takes a team of people to help one person be successful. Yes, it takes getting a few SCARs for aspiring architects to be truly successful.
Why SCARs you ask? Let me explain….
Supporter – You need a someone (or lots of someones) that are there as your encouragement, your positive outlook on things, your ultimate support system when you have a bad day. Yes, you need the people that will offer you advice, that will give you a fresh perspective, but when you just need someone to vent to and tell you it’s going to be okay – you need a Supporter. Who is that for me? It has been and always will be my family. My first phone call when I have big news (both good and bad) goes straight to my parents and my brother. They have been my biggest fans since day one. They are enthusiastic when I need them to be excited for me and they are sympathetic when I need them to let me be upset. My incredible husband is now part of that team, and through all of my ups and downs, it’s a relief to know I will always have my Supporters to turn to.
Coach – A Coach is someone there to help you make those tough professional decisions that come up at each stage of your career. A mentor that can help guide you through your career, offer fresh perspectives, and give you constructive feedback. It also never hurts to have a few Coaches to help you through – Coaches that represent a few different experience levels or roles within the architecture field. I have a Coach that has about 8+ years of experience and is a designer, and a Coach that is 15+ years experience and is a senior project architect. Both offer great advice and a different opinion when I need it. I know I can rely on them to give me good feedback and share their wisdom to help further my career.
Advocate – Advocates are very crucial to your career. Advocates are especially helpful if you are not a good self-promoter. Self-promoting can be a hard thing to do and equally as hard to learn. So when you aren’t that great at promoting yourself, an Advocate can be a huge help to your career growth and a big push for the opportunities that you want to come your way. Advocates can be a strong voice for you even when you’re not around and fight for you when the time calls for it. I’m very fortunate that I have an incredible Advocate in my office – one that helps me make and reach my goals and pushes to get me the opportunities and support that I need.
Role model – Lastly, you have to have someone to look up to – someone to aspire to be like. Having a Role model gives you someone to look to as inspiration for your career. Sometimes this could multiple people. I usually look up to a few people at any point time – someone that truly represents what good leadership is, someone that has been successful in business, and someone that is a remarkable volunteer and servant to their community. This person(s) inspires you, but also humbles and motivates you.
SCARs…. we all need them to be successful. There’s always a group of people behind the person in the spotlight that helped them get there. I’m extremely thankful for my SCARs that encourage, support, and help me on a daily basis. Hopefully I can pass on the favors one day.
This post was part of June’s #ArchiTalks series on Mentorship, check out other posts below!
Bob Borson – Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
This is NOT Mentorship
Marica McKeel – Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
Jeff Echols – Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
Mentors, Millennials and the Boomer Cliff
Mark R. LePage – EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)
Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Collier Ward – One More Story (@BuildingContent)
Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
teach them the way they should go: #architalks
Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Bad Mentor, Good Mentor
Stephen Ramos – BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
The Top 3 Benefits for Architects to Mentor and to be Mentored
Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
I’ve got a lot to learn
Emily Grandstaff-Rice – Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)
Gurus, Swamis, and Other Architectural Guides
Jarod Hall – di’velept (@divelept)
The Lonely Mentor
Drew Paul Bell – Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
Advice From My Mentor
Jeffrey Pelletier – Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Mentoring with Anecdotes vs. Creating a Culture of Trust
Samantha R. Markham – The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
Why every Aspiring Architect needs SCARs
Nisha Kandiah – ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
Mentorship : mend or end ?
Keith Palma – Architect’s Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Tim Ung – Journey of an Architect (@timothy_ung)
5 Mentors that are in my life
Mark Stephens – Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
Gabriela Baierle-Atwood – Gabriela Baierle-Atwood (@gabrielabaierle)
Ilaria Marani – Creative Aptitude (@creaptitude)