My BSc in Architectural Technology did not prepare me for sudden unemployment.
When I graduated with a high honours degree, the economy did not look promising, but I found work quickly and felt I’d made a good start. Only one year later, I was at a desperate stage of life. I’d been made suddenly redundant.
Like so many recent graduates, I had no support structure around me and not enough experience to compete in the jobs market. And, as a woman in a male-dominated industry, I began to lose hope for my career ever getting going. The Job Centre could only give me limited support, and said they could not offer me the kind of guidance and specialist help needed for the architectural industry.