Enhancing Your CAD Management Career13 Oct, 2010 By: Robert Green
CAD Manager's Toolbox: Everyone wants to be happier and make more money. Fortunately, there are some simple ways you can improve your career outlook.
I'm frequently asked what CAD managers can do to become more employable, better compensated, and more satisfied with their work experience. I wanted to pass along a few of my tips in hopes that you'll find them to be of value in your career enhancement efforts.
Learn something new. Look up training resources at software companies' web sites, or join a user group and learn a new piece of software. If you're a mechanical person, learn a BIM (building information modeling) program. If you're an architect, learn about a civil application. The point is to get outside your comfort zone and expand your software expertise.
Become a programmer. CAD managers equipped with programming skills can customize software to meet their company's specific needs — a capability that is highly valued in today's market.
Dissect your company's standards. Figure out which ones work, which don't, and how to make standards easier for users to use. CAD managers who make standards simple and logical have a much better chance of minimizing errors and raising productivity, both of which will lower your stress level.
Shake things up at the office. Have a "CAD tips and tricks" contest, or get all your users to provide suggestions for working smarter, then challenge everyone to change how they work. As long as you keep the emphasis on increasing productivity your company will benefit, your users will become more motivated, and you'll have fun presiding over the changing culture.
Take a break. If you feel burned out, schedule a Friday or Monday off and get away from it all. It is amazing how much more clearly you'll think after even a short break.
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