I know you are wondering which course is better between real estate management and architecture. Well, from experience, architecture is believed to be a better degree course, by all standards…and here is the reason.
According to research, Architecture is among few courses that have the highest rates of employment in the country-the current employment rate for architects in Kenya is 73 % while that of real estate graduates stands at 61 %.
The main reason why Kenyans should study architecture is because the salaries associated with the job are very attractive. With a degree in architecture and no practical experience, an individual will earn upwards of Ksh80, 000.
The most encouraging thing is that architects will never be desperate like other graduates because they are allowed to start their own firms once they accumulate some proven professional experience.
One reason I would like you to choose architecture and not real estate management is that real estate trends are not statistic, this industry is volatile. Today the course is marketable because the industry is doing well but tomorrow it might perform worse than you anticipated. Unlike real estate, architecture is extremely stable-there is no time people will stop asking for new house designs, the work which is done by architects.
I have personally witnessing a graduate of real estate management course earning Ksh35, 000 per month, which is very discouraging. This graduate has limited options because it’s hard to start your own real estate company considering the amount of capital required to start one.
The only advantage of real estate management over architecture is that entry requirements to study the course are a bit lower: with a C plus in KCSE, you are allowed to pursue the course. In architecture, you have to score very good grades for you to be allowed to enroll for the course.