5 W's and H of my Future Career William Muraviov


Who do I want to work for?

Post college I plan on majoring in either architecture or engineering, and with that I also hoped to continue on a career that isn’t far from home and still in the west coast. That’s why I see myself with Gensler in San Francisco. They are a firm that was rated high among other architectural engineering firms.


What is the company I want to work for?

Gensler is a highly respected architectural engineering based firm that has more than 2,700 active clients across the globe.

What is my job title?

My job title will initially be an architect, though working my way up to become a Strategic Sourcing Manager or Managing Director.

What is my job description?

As an architect my job description would be someone who works mainly in the designing and construction of buildings around the area and so forth. Restoring infrastructures within the communities and meeting protocols with each design such as earthquake approved being that San Francisco is within the San Andrea's Fault.

What is my salary?

On average architects make $94,000 annually with Gensler, though due time and with higher ranks and new job titles, it could change from $150,000 to $250,000.

What are the requirements to get this job?

Must definitely have a background in architecture as well as a degree for it, though it is highly competitive and a proper resume must to stand out among other competition. The University of Oregon offers one of the best programs for architecture in the nation, as well as providing their students internships opportunities with local architectural engineering firms in cities like Portland and Seattle. With experience, background, and a degree that U of O or OSU will provide, making it with Gensler seems to be a reality due time.


"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing."

- Pele

Where am I working?

The address is, 2 Harrison St #400, San Francisco, CA 94105. The Gensler I am hoping to be a part of will hopefully be the one in San Francisco. It's only six hours away from home, I have close relatives in the bay, I see myself still continuing to live on the west coast, and they are a real successful firm.

Where did I learn the necessary skills?

Arriving to Gensler with a background in architecture will be less difficult to become an architect. This is possible because the University of Oregon provides their students with crucial experience before they graduate. Post high school graduation, I plan to spend four years at U of O architecture program. There I may also gain experience by finding myself some internship opportunities in Portland and Seattle.


"A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results."

- Wade Boggs

When does the company hire?

It is tough to say when they hire, since they can open up a position any time there is one that needs to be filled, as well as job opportunities appearing here and there. If anything, the application, interview, and response process can usually take up to four months. It is a very competitive career and there are several people who attempt to work at Gensler but fall short. That is why it is so crucial to have a degree as well as experience to be above a great majority of the competition.

When did I learn the necessary skills?

Post high school, I plan to spend four to five years at the University of Oregon. During my time there I also plan on gathering and learning the necessary skills to get me where I want to be.


"We lose the fear of making decisions, great and small; as we realize that should our choice prove wrong we can, if we will, learn from the experience."

- Bill Wilson

Why does this career interest me?

Just the simple fact that I really want to be able to create something that I designed and put much thought and effort on. I love witnessing the process of development, like a flower blooming in the spring, the grass rising on the summer days, a young man working his way to varsity, just seeing a building that I designed that has been built will add on to why I wanted to do this.

Why am I the obvious choice?

I am the obvious choice because I have a never quit attitude, I associate well with teams and people, always strive for the best out of myself as well as others around me. I will do anything to be in a position where I can make things happen, whether leading or assisting others.


How does one get a job in this industry (process)?

The biggest thing here is to have large amounts of experience in the field of architecture in order to be considered. Though post high school, not enough students have that type of knowledge of the field as well as experience so going to college for architecture is a necessity. There you will learn how to design, work countless hours, compete with others, and use software’s to help with creating new ideas, and so on. It takes marketing yourself and applying yourself to opportunities that come along the way. Receiving an internship for a firm that is solely based on architecture is a huge opportunity. It shows that you’ve seen what goes on daily and makes you less of a stranger to the world of architecture as a career. After that than comes the chase for a position, keeping in contact, using your profile to go above others, and comes the application, resume, interview process. After that, it all depends on how hard you worked and prepared yourself, they’ll see it and they’ll show it by making the call to hire you.

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