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June 2004 Issue

Making the Jump into Real Time
The first years of practice can be a learning experience for both graduates and employers.

By Heather Hammatt, ASLA

Making the Jump into Real Time
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You will often hear recent landscape architecture graduates say, "I learned more in my first year of practice than I did in five years of college"—a statement that makes academics want to slam their office doors. These new professionals don't mean to be ungrateful; it's just that they've finally been able to put their idealism and energy to the test. They are no longer paying someone else to teach them the ways of the design world; instead, they are earning money and are expected to function as efficient, profitable members of a firm.

What are the challenges these new graduates face? And how well are they prepared for them?

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