My First Architecture Job
My First Architecture Job
Sarah Lebner

Welcome to My First Architecture Job

Helping architecture students and graduates bridge the gap between study and practice.

About Me

Hi, I'm Sarah Lebner. 

This is me:


Introducing: The Career Momentum Course 

Over the past few years running My First Architecture Job, I've had the honour of interviewing more than 50 inspiring and skilled architects, consultants and allied professionals. I've also listened to, mentored, and brainstormed the challenges of hundreds of students and graduates of architecture.

I'm also practicing architect. I run my own practice, Cooee Architecture, specialising in regional low-carbon homes. I was the AIA 2020 National Emerging Architect of the year, and a recipient of the 2023 Dulux Study Tour Prize.

I'm thrilled to have packaged up all the best lessons from these experiences into a single course. Plus you can access quarterly virtual group reflection and mentoring sessions.

It’s a self-paced, career game-changer for those in their first 5 years of architecture employment. 

What’s Included?

There are 12 topics covered in the course:

Career Direction:
  • Being True to Yourself
  • Immigrant Careers
  • Entrepreneurial Careers
  • Approaching Registration
Skills Development:
  • Fine-Tuning Soft Skills
  • Powerful Communication
  • Rethinking Imposter Syndrome
  • Time Management
  • Networking
Taking Action:
  • Career Momentum & Relevancy
  • Career Progression & Promotion (free video sample below)
  • Finding and Working with a Mentor

  • Video lesson
  • 2 worksheets per lesson
  • Supplementary notes and resources



Is it for me?

If you're in the early years of your architecture career, then this is for you.

Small sections of the course have Australia-specific information, but 90% of the course is relevant to students and graduates of architecture around the world.

Even if you don't quite fit the mould, you're welcome. We've welcomed Interior Designers, TAFE Building Designers, and even registered architects who were seeking support on the topics listed.


IMPORTANT Note: Please set up your payments in a web browser, or android app, instead of an iOS Apple Mighty Networks app.  Apple IOS takes a whopping 30% cut so membership and course fees are 30% higher if you purchase through your iPhone app!

What members say

“Since beginning the Career Momentum Course, I've noticed a significant change in my career trajectory. I'm more confident in my abilities, have a clearer sense of my goals, and have built a more robust professional network. I highly recommend the course to anyone looking to advance their career and gain a better sense of direction in their professional life."

- 2023 member testimonial

“One of my favourite aspects of the course is the emphasis on networking and building professional relationships. This was an area that I had previously struggled with, but the course provided some great tips and strategies for making meaningful connections with others in the industry. In addition, the quarterly member meet-ups are fun and a fantastic opportunity to chat with like-minded individuals." 

- 2023 member testimonial

“I just wanted to say I am feeling very grateful to you and for the course and the community that comes with it. I find it a little difficult to articulate what I’m thinking on the spot (I’m a muller, I like to ruminate with my thoughts), but I do feel that I’m coming out of my shell in these sessions, and I think they’re great in assisting me to organise all my thoughts. I am still working on trying to find the community I resonate with within the architecture industry but now it feels like I’m finally getting closer."  

- 2023 member testimonial

“Before taking the Career Momentum Course, I was at a crossroads in my career as I looked to define my 'Why.' I was struggling to identify my professional goals and didn't have a clear plan for advancing my career. However, as I near the completion of the course, I have a much clearer sense of direction and a more focused mindset.

The course is well-structured and balances Sarah's wealth of personal experiences in the industry alongside theoretical concepts. I have appreciated the emphasis on self-reflection and personal development, allowing me to understand better what I hope to achieve in my career."

- 2023 member testimonial

“Before completing the course, I struggled with a sense of identity in the industry, I just didn’t know what direction I wanted my career to go. 

My favourite section of the course was the entrepreneurial section. I have become really interested in expanding my knowledge and exploring the possibilities of architectural entrepreneurship. I also generally enjoyed the worksheets, they challenged me and gave me a better understanding of myself and where my interests are.

As a result of doing the course, my self-confidence has grown, I am much more open to new things and I am well on my way to finding my place in the industry.”

- 2022 member testimonial