Rather than my typical post latent with tips, tricks, and other technical insights, I thought I’d revisit a post that marked the start of a new chapter in my professional career. Tomorrow marks one year since I, like many others before and after me, was laid off from the firm I was with for nearly six-years. As illustrated by an outpouring of support, it seems many within in the CAD community were just as surprised to read my post entitled “The CAD Geek is seeking employment” as I was to make it. While I am still seeking full-time employment, the last year has been one of tremendous personal and professional growth.
Within the next month or so, I’ll marry my fiancée Helen (as of July 4, 2009), and see my first book (AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011: No Experience Required) released. Although I would never recommend writing a book at the same time you’re planning a wedding, both events are the culmination of an incredible year.
As if planning a wedding and writing a book weren’t enough; I have been fortunate enough to consult with several firms across the US by developing and conducting training on AutoCAD, Civil 3D and more, along with providing other CAD-related support to them. With so much excitement surrounding a year that most would consider depressing, I truly can’t wait to see what the coming year brings. While I know the primary ingredient has been hard work, I’m still humbled by all those who have supported me in my quest over the last year. The list is far too long to share in this post, but I’m especially grateful to Shaan Hurley and Lynn Allen for the many doors they have helped me open this past year.
Once again, you’ll find my resume attached to this blog post, and I invite you to download and share it with your friends and colleagues. I currently live in Richmond, VA, and am seeking a position as an Application Engineer, CAD Manager, or similar opportunity.