United States of America
Institution attended: University of
International experience is always valued by employers in the
field of architecture, says Lessa. The American came to Melbourne to broaden her
horizons and have “a more in-depth experience.” She has now returned home to the
United States, where her Australian education helped her to find “challenging
and rewarding” employment.
“I felt that the program offered was
competitive with those in the United States. I was very impressed with the
course and the quantity and quality of the work required. Overall, I was very
impressed with the program, the lectures and my peers,” she said.
Lessa’s qualification was recognised by American employers and she is
confident it will be an advantage throughout her career.
“I had no
difficulty finding a part-time junior landscape architect position in Australia,
which I held concurrently while completing the final year-and-a-half of my
degree. Upon returning to the United States, I had no trouble finding my current
employment, which I am finding challenging and rewarding.”
Lessa also has
some advice for students considering study in Australia: “Take advantage of the
warm hospitality of the Australians and your fellow international students.
Experience every angle of obtaining an international degree, not just the
education. Experience the place!”