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Career Decision Points
- Take control of your CAD Manager Career
From the Archives...
CAD Manager Career Road Map
- AU 2007?
A R T I C L E S
Career Decision Point
- Take control of your CAD Manager career
At some point in most people careers there will come a time when decisions
need to be made. What school to attend, where to apply for a job and
what job to take. One of the most decisive choices you need to make is
the one about which career to pursue.
For the CAD Manager this decision comes later in life than most careers.
This is because most CAD Managers do not set out to be CAD Managers.
They start there career in another field. They may have gotten a four
year degree and started down the road of an engineering field. Or they
may have started in a career without finishing the degree and are working
into a field by going up the ranks. Either way, the decision to focus
on CAD Management comes later than some of the early options.
For most, the decision point may be foisted upon them before they really
have a chance to think it through. I recommend that you not let that
happen. Take control of your future and your career.
Here are a few things you should do to take control:
1. Decide what you want to do before someone asks you
This means that you will think about your future when people start
asking you to help out with CAD issues. It may be that you have
been doing it for some time. Everyone should help out others every
chance they get, but fledgling CAD Managers seem to have a knack for it.
You like doing it. And this pleasure that you get from helping
others actually may work against you.
Career Decision Point - Plateau
When you have been at CAD Management for a while you may feel
like you have reached a plateau. Some plateaus are real
and some are just imagined. It could be that you have just
hit a season of extended normalcy without the rush of
expectations and demands of change.
But I think that plateaus are not necessarily bad. They
don't always signal a stagnation in your career.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you
are on a plateau:
From the Archives...
CAD Manager Career Road Map
(first published in AUGI World Magazine in April of 2005)
We go through many career stages as we advance in our chosen
field. They can be categorized in many ways. Gene W. Dalton
and Paul H. Thompson wrote a book way back in 1986 which
outlined the basics phases of a career. The book “Novations:
Strategies for Career Management” was instructional to me
and I have adapted it to fit a CAD related career.
"BIG BIM little bim"
- Finith Jernigan - 4Site Press
The practical approach to Building Information Modeling - Integrated
practice done the right way!
Finding books on BIM is often tough. Especially ones that talk
about the bigger concepts and approaches. This book does just that.
It takes a long look at how BIM is changing the design world for Architects.
not a book full of practical hands on tips and tricks. It looks at the
larger questions and impacts of the BIM process change. "BIM is not about
the software" Finith states. He also includes a large amount of tools that
he has used and tells you what they do and where to get them.
This book is not for the ground level BIM user.
It is for the manager, principal and owner of firms that will need to
rethink every aspect of business to see where to place their next step.
Without the grand view that this book encourages its
reader to embrace, the firms that fail to think through the process and
impact of BIM on their firm may be an "also ran" in the race toward the
Worth the read for the leaders of your firm that must
deal with BIM and Integrated Practice issues. Worth the read for the
My site and perspective is a blending of user and
management. I liked the book, but for the end user, there is not much
here. Therefore I give it a blended rating or 3.5 out of 5.
C M J Rating - 3.5 out of 5 TRON Light Cycles
Get the book from CADDManager.com (cheaper than retail too!)
November 2007 Survey
Autodesk University - are
you going? (did you go?)
I asked the same questions from November of
2006 to see what the difference might be.
More people stated that they would be going
(41% opposed to 32%). It looks like the same general reasons were put
up by those who were not attending. While the cost was not as much of
a reason as last year, the firm not paying was the highest resistance point
with time away from work holding some back.
See the complete results...
Take the December Survey -
BAD CAD - do you have it? How much does it
take away from production?
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