UO Portland graduate shares her journey from graduate student to dream career.
Maya Krolikowski graduated from the University of Oregon Portland College of Design in June 2017 with a master’s degree in architecture and a specialization in urban design. She came to UO Portland because of the opportunities the city can offer students. Continuing her education in Portland was a big push to attend the University of Oregon.
Maya’s favorite part of UO Portland was the social events the students organized: “The happy hours were how we bonded as a program” she said. During her first term, her class took a trip to Seattle where she got to know and connect with her classmates.
Maya joined the Job Search Group in her final year to get ready for life after graduation. It taught her about the importance of personal branding, convincing yourself that you know more than you think, and being more personal about finding a job that fits you.
Maya said, “It was about finding a holistic approach to your career search.”
While approaching graduation, Maya’s main goal was to find a job. That plan changed when she was awarded the Betty Peting Traveling Fellowship through her Sustainable Cities Initiative research at UO Portland.
After Maya returned, she took a break for a few months and reflected on what she wanted in a career. She was determined to find a job that she really wanted and shared her passion for architecture and urban design. This happened when Nico Larco, her Sustainable Cities Initiative research advisor, received an email about a job opening at a firm in Portland. He immediately sent it to Maya.
Four months after graduation, she accepted a full-time position at Crandall Arambula, an architecture and landscape architecture firm that specializes in urban design, transportation, and zoning.
Maya landed her dream job, and you can too! The Career Center is always here to help in all your career-related endeavors. Stop by or give us a call.