Take Control of Your Future as a CAD Professional1 Dec, 2015 By: Robert Green
"IT'S NOT JUST WHAT YOU EARN, it's what you learn," my father always told me. But as I progressed in my engineering and CAD career, I told Dad the rule had evolved into, "If I quit learning, I quit earning!" These words ring just as true today as they did 23 years ago, when I started consulting as a CAD manager. In today's world of CAD technology, you really are only as good as your skill set, so it literally pays to sharpen and expand your CAD skills on a continual basis. Staying on top of the ever-changing palette of software tools used in today's rushed design environment requires purposeful planning and efficient time utilization on your part — two things this special edition of Cadalyst magazine is designed to help you with.
So what are the best techniques and methods to build your skill set, and further your career as you do so? Here are some of the topics addressed in this issue:
- Training: Scottie Barnes examines a variety of options for instructor-led and self-guided training.
- Leadership in the Workplace: Curt Moreno gives cogent advice on stepping up to the plate and gaining respect from your peers and superiors.
- Career Optimization: I'll be providing some broad career advice for all types of CAD professionals in "Make the Most of Your CAD Career," as well as some specific advice for CAD managers in "To Get the Tools You Need, Learn the Right Way to Ask Management."
Our goal is to give you the inspiration and resources to take charge of your career and build your technical and interpersonal skills, no matter how pressed for time or resources you are.
Benjamin Franklin was famously quoted as saying, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Don't let that be your story! Take charge of your career before circumstances — or other people — chart your course for you. We hope this special edition of Cadalyst will help you do just that!