With just one full semester remaining of his Stanford education, Andrew Luck expressed dismay over the lack of architecture jobs available in today’s economy. The job prospects for the graduating class of 2012 seems far bleaker than in 2011 when Andrew Luck was certain a Stanford degree in architectural design would net him $80 million with $43 million of it guaranteed in the first three years.
With the private and public sector scaling back on new building construction, Luck now faces the grim reality that he may not get the kind of job he had hoped when he first enrolled in “Architecture 101” and “Designs of I.M. Pei” his freshman year.
“I always dreamt that I would one day toss a football in a 80,000 seat stadium with 100 luxury box suites,” Luck lamented. “But no city has a billion dollars to build a new stadium. Certainly not the kind of stadiums I designed for my senior thesis.”
Faced with the prospect of being unemployed, Luck recently updated his resume to highlight his leadership skills, work ethic, and ability to run 4/10 of a football field in approximately four and a half seconds. So far, he has not drawn much interest from top companies like McKinsey and Goldman Sachs, forcing him to widen his job search to other industries and to smaller cities.
“I interviewed with Mr. Ralph Wilson up in Buffalo. He expressed regret that he currently has a Harvard graduate [Ryan Fitzpatrick] who fills the role we talked about,” Luck sighed. “But he promised to keep my resume on file in case Mr. Fitzpatrick doesn’t work out.”