Jade Rodgers was happy to find the architectural course she wanted was available close to home.
“The course was local - it was very convenient for me and Toi Ohomai offered what I wanted to do, whereas no one else around me did.”
Jade earned her New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6) in two years and also picked up a part-time job within the industry before her course ended.
“In the second year, our classes were structured around how work life would be. When I started working, I knew the order and procedures of what was to happen, which was ideal.”
Jade’s now working full-time as an architectural technician. She describes her duties as “a little bit of everything” - drawing buildings, working on consents and assisting with anything else her company requires.
“It’s different day to day – you’re doing various tasks for a range of unique projects. It’s very interesting and definitely detail-oriented.”
Her advice to others considering the architectural field is stay local and start soon.
“A lot of my friends who have been to university are still studying. I’m already working, doing what I want to do.”