Architectural Technologist at Dunn Marino Associates - Ashley Brown

Course: BA (Hons) Architectural Technology and the Environment

Current Location: Plymouth

“I chose not to complete the optional placement year and it is my biggest regret. Having the relevant experience which employers require in an employee makes finding employment so much easier.”


Tell us about your career path since graduation.

I found that it was actually rather easy to find employment with the help of University staff, despite the fact that I didn't take up the optional placement year. I went straight into a well-paid graduate position because I had gained all the relevant skills and knowledge during my studies which were required to go straight into work. I needed very little training to commence work.

What was the most difficult thing you faced finding a job?

The most difficult thing I faced finding a job was my lack of experience, although the skills gained on the course counterbalanced this. I chose not to complete the optional placement year and it is my biggest regret. My advice to students is that having the relevant experience which employers require in an employee makes finding employment so much easier.

What, if anything, would you have done differently at university?

I wish that I had gone on a placement year. Missing out on experience always makes finding work much more difficult because you are up against other candidates who quite often do have work experience. It’s important to get relevant experience under your belt.

How did studying at Plymouth help you?

Studying at Plymouth gave me the confidence and skills I needed for employment. Staff and peers were always friendly and happy to help you with any issues.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University, and why?

Yes. Plymouth is always keeping up to date with latest professional practices and standards. I really believe that a degree from Plymouth means that you are ready to enter your chosen profession and that you are ready to work from your first day without having to play catch-up.

Is there anything else which you would like to share with our current students?

Get involved: whether its academic societies or sports clubs, getting involved broadens your knowledge, boosts confidence, and is a great way to meet friends.