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Blog: the benefits of experience

The benefits of experience

28 June 2017

Experience counts when it comes to making good decisions at work.

Whether it’s experience of similar situations or knowing how to deal with difficult circumstances, knowledge can help you make the right call.

When you’re starting out, experience is something that you don’t have in abundance. In fact, they say experience is often something that you don’t get until after you need it.

This is where advice and guidance become invaluable.

Through our network of local, national and international professionals, we can link you up with experienced practitioners who have certainly been there and done that.

You’ll be able to learn from the experience of other architects who have come up against the challenges that you’re facing and help you decide how to overcome them. This could be through a conversation at one of more than 400 UK wide networking events or it could be through accessing more than 1,200 CPD materials or tools such as guidance on CDM 2015. You can also find resources in the information centre and at

Guidance on the way ahead

After seven long years of study, where there is a clear structure, it can feel a little daunting to emerge and discover that the path ahead is less well defined.

You might not know the direction you’re heading, let alone understand how to get there. You’re not the first to feel this way.

Finding out which paths others in your shoes have taken is a great first step to setting your goals and making plans. All you need to do is to identify the right people and connect with them. RIBA membership can help you decide where you want to go and how to get there.


Sometimes a little more structure is required. RIBA membership provides a variety of mentoring opportunities. Mentoring supports growth, increases confidence as well as providing access to knowledge and experience. Mentors can build your ability to critically reflect on situations and become more client aware and commercially intelligent.

Importantly, these mentoring opportunities provide a safe place to learn - somewhere you can ask all the questions you need to help you take bigger leaps than you’d ever expect to make.

Find out how to become a RIBA member.

By Alan Vallance, RIBA Chief Executive & Jane Duncan, RIBA President

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