Career Transformations

Nicole Dutcher

Current Position: Graduate Architect

Hire Date: May 20, 2019

Hired as an intern? Yes

Other titles held: Architectural Intern

What made you decide to join AEW?

I started at AEW because it was close to home. I can now say I continue to enjoy working at AEW for the variety of projects we work on that I see in my day to day life.

Do you remember how you felt when you started at AEW?

Starting an internship in your future career is very nerve racking.

What were your career goals then compared to now?

My career goals when starting as an intern was to grow my experience, throughout earning my bachelors and master’s degree. My ultimate end goal at the time and still is to be a licensed architect. Since the beginning of my internship, I have earned all my hours needed to begin taking my six license exams. I have currently passed my first exam and will continue to take the exams throughout the next year.

What advice would you give to college students focusing on Civil / Architecture / Survey?

The advice I would offer to college student whether they are starting or ending their college experience, is to take every opportunity you can. An opportunity that may not relate to what your end goal is, may surprise you on what you learn and what will help you in the future.

What do you consider the biggest accomplishment of your career to date?

My biggest accomplishment so far was not only completing my education and earning my masters, but continuing to grow and gain knowledge. I think back to where I started as an intern, I have gained much confidence in my work and look forward to growing.