A Guest Blog by Ryan Barnett

How does one choose their career?

Over the past week, I have shadowed the wonderful (and sarcastic) people at MSB Architects. I learned that, from the modern, sleek buildings of today that were once only a dream, to the dark, claustrophobic tunnels of your nightmares, an architect experiences it all. Brianna, who I traveled with to several job sites, told me she loves what she does because every day, an architect is doing something different—each day is an adventure in its own right.

Though my experience was specifically handcrafted to show off the highlights of being an architect, I still believe I have an avid understanding of the career as a whole from the little bit of everything that I did. I helped take measurements on-site, which ranged from a pleasant, suburban home, to a tight crawl-space underneath a cluttered warehouse, with no shortage of broken glass and low-hanging pipes. I observed the process of attaining a client and managing their expectations, and what it is like to communicate effectively with contractors. And, perhaps most importantly, I observed the procedure of designing a building using programs such as Revit and Lumion.

I was even given the opportunity to speak my own opinion about several design choices for the new offices of MSB Architects, despite working purely on intuition rather than design knowledge. Some of my points made it into the final design, such as a design in a downstairs bathroom that has a hexagonal pattern transition from a wall onto the floor. Thanks for that, Scott.

Though I still do not have deep enough knowledge to know what career is best for me, this week has solidified architecture as the leading contender. Engineering and other ideas are still high on the list, but only time will tell as to what the future holds.

Seeking out this opportunity has taught me two lessons. Firstly, experiences such as this are important because they let one recognize their own uncertainty as to their passion, and enable one to work to solve that uncertainty. Secondly, it seems the real question we must ask is not how we choose our career, but rather how we find new experiences that lead us to do things we have never tried before. You must discover your passion through exploration of life’s fruits—few passions will present themselves to you.