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Career Decision Points

- Take control of your CAD Manager Career
- Career Plateau

From the Archives... CAD Manager Career Road Map

Survey - AU 2007?

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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.


Book Review

"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.  It is 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 future.

Worth the read for the leaders of your firm that must deal with BIM and Integrated Practice issues.  Worth the read for the BIM Manager.

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

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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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Editor: Mark W. Kiker
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December - Another Year End

As the new year approaches, it is usually a time to rethink where we are and where we want to go next.

This month - some career decisions that may energize your thoughts - even if you are not in need of making some grand choice.  Also a book review!

Mark W. Kiker, Editor


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