Maybe I don’t need to do this alone.
Maybe I could start a group/team & go from there?
Would they be interested? They’re probably working?
Maybe I’ll say that it’s a ‘hobby’ for starters – creating pictures, making art…
And where do we meet up and work?
Do we need money? Yikes.
What’s my intention? What do I want out of this?
- “I’m going to do what I like/pursue my interests” instead of having the mindset of “I need a job… I’m looking for a job.”
What would happen if we frame our career journey like this way?
A lot of things are running and clashing in my mind at the moment. I want to be clear and wise about what tasks and people I want my focus to be on.
This week, I told myself that I am taking a small breather from going out to events, meeting up with people…
The elderly man(Tony) who I am working with about climate change & humanitarian design is overseas… which means I can focus my attention on:
1. production/art director volunteering
2. career researching/planning/prototyping (this blog & my soon to be published Facebook channels about my ‘architectural worldview’ and a learning platform about the ‘architecture career.’
3. writing submissions – climate change, cultural/interfaith…
Hmm, that makes me feel a little bit better after writing this. Although, I feel all three are equally important, I don’t want them to clash and create tensions!
Ah balance,… how do full-time people do ‘work-life-balance?’ Haha what is your secret? I am not working but I am feeling a bit worn out (mentally in particular).
I want to write, read, research, make art (narrate, curate, draw/sketch) and experiment (conceptual) about architecture…
This year in particular after graduating, like many graduates, Ic ontemplated about my personal life & my architectural education. Gradually, through meeting people and inspired by the many books and articles about the world/sustainability I read, I began to have a mindset that incorporated values of terms like:
I guess I found out how I ‘thought/think.’ I think by having a critical framework of the ‘interconnectedness’ of everything. Imagine how ‘deep’ something/someone is by reflecting and researching about their/that experiences, encounters, relations/connections etc. Isn’t that what life is about?
Seeking the ‘interdisciplinarity‘ (may have spelt wrong) of everything in reality?
Data… information systems… diagrams…computer…
Mother board & its wires connecting to its main source
Is this what research is?
What is the ‘mother’ in the case of architectural research?
People need to hear more about the ‘ever-changing, progressing, multi-‘ notions of the work field. I was talking to my friend last night and she has not heard of the career strategy called informational interviewing.
I sometimes forget that I’m in my own bubble of seeking knowledge when I also can: share, distribute and collaborate with the knowledge. But how…?
I am inspired by people sharing their ‘innovative’ ideas on new ways of thinking and doing work. Maybe I can give a TED talk one day… I want to inspire and help others in their career adventure too.
I am thinking of changing my facebook platform’s name (an extension to this blog) to have the Vietnamese ‘lien.‘
‘Lien’ means ‘inter-‘ in English.
I originally had it as Inter Architecture.
Which one looks good?
I’ll set up a poll on facebook.
^28/08 – only facebook ‘groups’ can create polls 😦
I watched a video and it influenced me to be more intentional and selective in what I do. i.e this blog/project.
I am writing this as a non-professional. I am recording my experiences, readings and events I have been to/talked to that has inspired me on my walk out of university.
I want to be more clearer about the people/client/audience that this blog serves to.
Therefore, this blog would most benefit STUDENTS/GRADUATES and even practicing architects who want to explore other non-traditional architectural interests/paths/interdisicplinary branches.
I hope I can write more ‘intentional’ posts with this audience in my mind.
Please remind me to be more specific!
Had a conversation with a girl I met at a fitness class. She was a ‘people’ person from my observation. She asked specific/short-type questions that forced me to be blunt, straight to the point and honest.
I told her that after finishing high school, I wanted to do either art or science.
Architecture gave me a different set of skills and not the ‘intuitive,’ ‘freeing’ aspect of art I realised that I wanted…
I am still hanging onto my architectural education as a lesson, a tool, an understanding of everything – it’s part of who I am and my worldview.
The question that I unconsciously try to solve when I’m a designer or communicating with people is this:
Is there a middle I can draw out?
The ‘balance’ – the ‘in between.’ Two selves? Two identities? One subjective, one objective side…
I can be a ‘thinker’
- architectural thinker?
- social thinker?
- interdisciplinary thinker?
- thinker, philosopher in…
music as ‘patterns’
- beat drops…
- new addition of an instrument…
- voice telling the story…
Architecture + transcdisiplinary
- actors(jim carrey), journalists/news reporters, celebrities
My mind keeps critiquing stuff – people, our human nature, what we lacking, what we’re unaware of… maybe I should be an author who publishes ‘self-help’ books on these related topics – how we work, how we think…?
Strange about our narrative of ‘work.’ Why does work need to be paid/involve money?
Work could be meeting with someone – thinking, analysing…
In that case, I am working…
I want to help 21st century ‘think’ about our social concept of work.
Gene Bellinger, an American ‘systems thinker,‘ sent me a reading on the principles of ‘Systems Thinking.‘
I am stunned, amazed, surprised that this is another ‘epiphany’ moment in myself and my work/philosophy views and perspectives.
I have been thinking with ‘models’ of interconnected things, words, ideas, themes, social patterns & SYSTEMS….
I will touch base on a post about this methodology in how we can view ourself & our world…
- My view on architecture has radically changed. I am using my experience to understand architecture and ‘explaining’ it and working with it in a new, perhaps in a ‘progressive’ way… ‘millennial’ style.
i’ve been reading a lot about the relationship of the brain, science and religion. Should I look more into neuro-architecture?
- social architects – community, participatory design, altruism, philanthropy, social enterprise, community engagement & education, local sustainability
- i just had a small panic attack. i’m 23 and have yet to secure a ‘paid’ job. i hung out with my friend today i constantly heard about her work.
- i had to tell myself (my mind) that it’s okay to not earn money yet? i am receiving allowance from centrelink (thank goodness – grateful to live in a place like Australia), however i am always reverting back to the notion that i am unfinancially insecure – when will i start saving up money for the unknown future (economic challenges of the future?!)
- i am on Centrelink’s ‘work for the dole’ in a couple of months if i don’t get part-time work…
- do i continue to endeavour in my personal pursuits of community/social activities and internships that relate to my interests – enviro/climate change, cultural/social engagement & cohesion.
i hope i feel less scared in 2018. i just want to know that it is okay to still be on Centrelink. I want to be reassured that if I continue with exploring options with unpaid work, I might get paid work somehow… #youngadultpressures
- i can’t go out and work ‘professionally’ when i still am not settled with ‘personal’ identity.
- how can i merge my personal life, spiritual life and career life together? is that even possible? or do you need to sacrifice one or two out?
- That would be perfect – a career with spiritual, personal & professional values…
2018 is creeping in. i just applied for a traineeship on communications work to do with climate change. if i am not successful, i am thinking of my PLAN B:
- a mixture of making new networking card/business card (really good one!), info interviews, ask to job shadow (less frightening then asking them for work)…
^ doing all the above while making some money with a casual job?
wow? first thought to add here for 2018:
- i want money to flow like ‘water’ (read into the ‘line’ on the net)
–“more one can stop trading time for dollars, the more freedom you have in life…”
- college loan debt, rising housing costs, competitive market for high-paying jobs