Are there job prospects for landscape graduates?

HW asked landscape architecture masters students at University of Greenwich's graduate show for their opinions.

"From experience I can see it being quite difficult to get into. My ambitions are to get chartered and start my own practice in a few years.

"I'm working for Jacobs Engineering. I did a garden design degree before this and the company came to the exhibition and I was offered a job.

"I came back to do the masters and diploma in landscape architecture. These courses are well-thought of in the industry and everyone knows the tutors." -

Leigh Crowhurst

"I've been told that this is a growth industry but with the recession at the moment we are not really seeing that.

"A couple of students have had responses from the college website but it is purely a matter of going out there and attracting the market and doing self-canvassing.

"I'm from Australia but I want to stay in London and get chartered here. It is especially important to me to have close links with Europe rather than being in Australia where there is less opportunity to see what is going on in different countries." -

Amber Wells

"It is probably quite hard, especially in the climate we're in now.

"Our website has been useful. This is the first year we have had a proper website with everyone's work on it - five or six people have been contacted by companies, including Gillespies, because of it. We've had 500 hits and floods of emails. It has definitely helped us. But getting into the industry is still difficult.

"You see the quality of the work and there are a fair amount of us too. My work is based on SUDS and GIS. I plan to get experience at a large practice then run my own. The course is like learning to drive - now I need to get my feet wet." -

Justin Collins

"Prospects seem to be fairly dire.

I hear that companies are not in a position to take on graduates full time. They can't take that financial risk.

"I'm interested in water and hydrology and want to get involved in large-scale projects. My design is of a plant for Brockwell Park, where I have opened up the culverts and made them work.

"All the water is cleaned on site and not sent to a sewer that can flood and damage the health of the river Thames." -

Alison King


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