1 Keep upbeat
The best thing to do is keep upbeat. You may have lost you job but don’t get down on yourself. Often losing your job in a recession often has nothing to do with skills or attitude but mere numbers. The best thing is to look forward and be positive.
Now is the opportune time to go to university or undertake a short course. In landscape architecture it would be a good time to go for LEED or some other green qualification. Also read the Sustainable Sites draft documents and keep up to date with the latest developments with other countries associations such as Landscape Institute, IFLA, etc.
3 Skills Improvement
If you have just been laid off and you still have some time left at your current job ask your manager if they could give you pointers on which skills you could improve on(eg sketching, design, planting design, project management) and also how they best think you should go about it. If your not at your previous employer maybe arrange a time to meet up with them and have a chat about how you could improve.
4 Get free education
The internet is full of numerous whitepapers and information about new technologies including water sustainable design, green design, computer software such as Sketchup that cost nothing for trials versions.
5 Keep in touch with your previous employer
Although it may be hard to do and somewhat disconcerting its good to keep in touch with your previous employer so that when the economy does pick up they can give you some part time work and thus you’ll be first pick for new positions when they have enough work to employ you full time.
There are many green groups and volunteer organisation around the world that need help with green initiatives. Now is a good time to talk to them about helping out and to keep your skills and knowledge sharp for when you go back to full time work.
7 Networking – Start a support group or discussion group
Whether it’s in your city or on the internet. Get in touch with other fellow landscape architects, architects, planners, engineers through social websites such as Land8lounge and start a weekly meet up, try and stay positive and help those also who start to get down on themselves.
8 Get in touch your University
University’s are always looking for new lecturers and tutors and you maybe able to get a part-time paid position. If not offer to be a guest lecturer or tutors although this may not pay it will look good on your resume that you put back into the profession whilst laid off.
9 Brush up on your resume and folio
Brush up your resume and pick you best pieces of work that shows your strengths. Try and keep a broad range of projects in your portfolio to show your versatility. Also keep checking back at World Landscape Architect and also look at the list of job sites at Dirt Blog at ASLA.
10 Relax and keep an open mind
Now is the festive season, its time to relax catch up with friends and family and remain positive about your future.
11 Don’t give up
Best advice is not to give up and to keep looking for work you might have to move somewhere else but sometimes these downturns can give you great opportunities to reinvent yourself and your skillset.
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