My working picture is very diverse - I work both as a professor in the academic world and as a designer in our own office.
The interesting thing with my work is that very few days are alike (this is not the case for all architects). Usually part of my day goes to doing obligatory stuff - answering e-mails, requests and phone calls. Another part goes to meetings with clients, students or academic staff. One part of the day I try to use for design work.
I like the challenge, multidisciplinarity and collaboration in the work. Every new task is different and makes you work hard and progress in your own thinking. The work is a creative balance between intuition and hard facts.
There's quite a lot of sitting in front of the computer as well as bureaucracy. But that's perhaps the case with most professions nowadays.
In Finland there are quite hard entrance tests to enter the studies in Architecture. First of all you need to enter the school, most of the skills you will develop during your studies.
I didn't know much about the profession before I started my studies, but I have to say I really enjoy my profession today.