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Feb102013

Career: After CAD, Part 1 ...

       

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So the Mayan Apocalypse turned out to be a spectacular dud. Not that we seriously expected the world to end in 2012, but let’s face it: That’s a whole lot of buildup for not a whole lot of happening. That got us to thinking that there are plenty of people that we know who are sort of in a career version of the Mayan Apocalypse.

If you are like us, then you have been in the CAD racket for a good while. You’ve done the click-drone redline work and you’ve done the sweating the details design work. You’ve been on the business end of deadlines and on the inside of more workstations than you care to recall. Now, after all that build-up, you are the “lead drafter”. Or maybe you are the “CAD manager”. Whatever your title is you may be waiting for special day to come when something mystical will happen to you career. Something amazing. Something transformative. In many ways, there are plenty of people out there waiting for their own Mayan Apocalypse.

And then what? That is the real question that all CAD professionals need to be asking themselves today. What is it that comes after CAD?

Before we get too far into this, let’s clarify something: This is not a “BIM vs. CAD” debate. This isn’t about BAM or IPD. This isn’t about AutoCAD versus ArcGIS. This is about your career, not migrating from one form of CAD to another. So we will say it again … “What is it that comes after CAD”?

Or, is there anything after CAD? Will you finish your career in a production CAD position? Will you call it quits before you get called up to the next round of the big game? And if any of that is true, is that really how you planned things when you first saw a digitizer tablet or a mouse? Are you ok with that?

If you aren’t ok with crossing the finish line as a CAD drafter, CAD manager, or whatever your job is, then our next few articles are for you. We are going to look at what comes after CAD and why we think there is something “after CAD” for every CAD professional we know ...

- KFD -

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Reader Comments (4)

~grabbing popcorn and waiting eagerly~

February 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMistressOfTheDorkness

I look forward to the second part.

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoedoe

I guess there is no "after CAD" since the subsequent articles never came... how depressing. :-|

July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZwivix

Zwivix,

The truth is that there is too much life after CAD and that is precisely what took me from the site these past months. Actually after more than a few years of posting content, I found myself derailed and on a different sort of adventure.

Rest assured that the news will spill out soon enough.

- KFD -

September 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterKung Fu Drafter

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