When's the last time you were out of a job? If it's been a while, take a look at the major online job boards. You'll see strings of adds all wanting "three to five years' experience", "at least two years' experience", experience, experience, experience. Of course, there's a good reason for this - experienced architects often come with more reliable and traceable work histories, references and their foundational skill sets are in place. However, passing over "greenhorns" can be a major mistake.