My newly-qualified deaf architecture student is looking for work. Do you know of a deaf employment agency who could help or give him advice?
Mr Jeffries – Pastoral Care
This kind of query absolutely maddens me! Why has your student not been looking for support from day one of his course?
What have your hearing students been doing? I am sure they have been networking and talking to people, especially while on placement. Why hasn’t your deaf student been encouraged to do the same? Surely, in the last three years, he must have wondered whether there were any deaf architects and whether he should make contact with them – unless he went to a hearing school and has not yet realised the value of networking with like-minded deaf professionals.
There are also several deaf related architectural and building projects out there (Frank Barnes School in London and Exeter Deaf Academy to name a few). I have just Googled ‘deaf architects’ and there is a lot of information out there so your student needs to get looking and researching, if he hasn’t already done so, of course.
LinkedIn also produced some interesting results. I could go on with suggestions – internships, volunteering on a project that interests him – but I am sure these things have already been covered by your course, alongside building projects in developing countries and so on.
I know three deaf architects and I will ask them to respond to your query and to share their experiences. Of course I don’t know the full story of your student, but please get him to roll up his sleeves and get talking to deaf architects as a first step to looking for a job.
I think we’d all be interested in hearing from him in three or six months’ time to see what progress he has made.