|20 Oct 2022
|Life After Hymers
After Hymers I went straight to Newcastle University to start studying my 3 year BA Architecture course. During my first summer at university, I secured myself a job in Spain as a waitress, which was a true test for my GSCE in Spanish. In my second summer, I interviewed for and was ultimately offered a placement at Hodson Architects in Cleethorpes where my love for Architecture was cemented.
After spending most of my formative years determined to follow in my parents and brother’s footsteps of a career in finance, a few weeks before the UCAS submission deadline I changed my mind about wanting to pursue this as career and ultimately decided to follow my true passion for architecture. A true ‘follow your heart’ moment that I have thanked myself for ever since.
Hymers was truly a ‘home from home’ for me and a place where I thoroughly enjoyed studying. I have many fond memories which include, but not limited to; learning to sail with CatZero, the 2014 European Hockey Tour, qualifying and getting a job to be a lifeguard at Hymers, a month work placement in London with Wiser and so on. However, one of my fondest memories was A level maths lessons with Dr Bennett who was always a delight to be taught by and her support and confidence in me has left an impression for a lifetime.
I began my journey with Hodson Architects on a summer placement during my penultimate year at university. I immediately gained exposure to a variety of projects which ranged from disabled access ramps up to multimillion pound schemes. The trust and opportunities I received fuelled my enthusiasm to pursue a career with Hodson's and I was thrilled to accept a full-time Part 1 Architectural Assistant role post-graduation which is where I have been for the past 2 years.
During this time, I expressed my desire to return to Newcastle University to start my 2 year MA Architecture. I was then delighted to be offered a sponsorship which I am particularly proud of as I am the first student Hodson’s have sponsored in their 30 year history.
When I graduate in 2024 with an MA Architecture, I have a job offer to return to Hodson Architects as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant along with their support to start the final stage of becoming officially qualified as a full Architect.
Congratulations, Georgina. It's inspiring to hear what can happen when you follow your passion. Wishing you the best of luck in your next chapter.
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