Graduates wanted: The future of building things looks bright
Opportunity is knocking for graduates with the right skills. As the older generation starts to retire, the construction industry is urgently looking to attract new talent who are well versed with technology, have Building Information Modeling (BIM) skills, and are comfortable using cloud applications. If this sounds like you, then you’ll be highly competitive when it comes to securing a job after graduation.
Today, mobile devices, the power of the cloud, and big data are changing how the construction industry works. In this era of connection, the boundaries between design and build, planning and execution, and construction and operations are disappearing. Hiring firms are increasingly searching for people who not only understand this shift, but also embrace BIM technology and other new ways of working that enable this cross-discipline connection.
In fact, a recent search on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Career Center found that over half of the jobs posted required Autodesk Revit software or BIM skills. Another search on the job search website Indeed surfaced close to 7,000 jobs that required Revit skills. These searches reveal a growing need and a definite trend in the industry.
Former Autodesk Student Expert and current industry professional, Ian Siegel, built his career on the BIM skills he learned in school. His skillset was so in demand, in fact, that a month before graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2012, Ian secured full-time employment as a designer at NELSON Architects in New York City. This meant that he actually had to take a day off from work to attend his graduation ceremony.
What helped open the door to Ian’s professional success? His mastery of and passion for cloud-connected BIM is certainly a strong influencing factor. “I’ve come to realize,” reflects Ian, “that my passion lies in using technology to improve the process of how buildings are designed and how complex projects are delivered. I’m driven to continue to learn new technologies to apply them to the projects my team is working on, to keep our skills sharp, and to keep us on the leading edge of technology in design and construction.” He also made sure to use the networking opportunities provided through his participation in the Autodesk Student Expert Network, and validated his knowledge through Autodesk certification.
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In just five years in the workforce, Ian moved from an entry level designer position to BIM specialist, and then onto his current position of Digital Enterprise Lead at Ridley. He continues to learn new skills to remain at the top of his game. “Keep on learning—even when you have a job,” Ian suggests. “There are always opportunities to work on your weaknesses and focus on the challenges that excite you.” Ian values continued learning so much that he’s authored his own online training courses on Autodesk Dynamo and Revit.
Learning how to network opens doors to new opportunities.
We’ve all heard that networking is key to getting yourself in front of potential hiring managers. Ian took advantage of the opportunities provided through the Student Expert Network to build his network and reputation. He learned how to teach software skills, and was even asked by professors to prepare training and demonstrate workflows that complemented the topics covered in their lectures.
“Being a Student Expert exposed me to so many different applications of the design tools,” Ian remembers. “And sharing those techniques with others helped build my reputation as an expert in the technology, which not only helped me academically, but I know it also helped get me hired.”
The program was also an excellent way to build his professional network. He was offered speaking opportunities at Autodesk University, where he made meaningful connections with design technology leaders in high-profile firms.
“I gained real-world skills that companies look for when hiring—particularly experience training others, and the ability to find software workflows to work smarter,” said Ian. “I made a point to highlight these experiences from the program during each of my interviews.”
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Dill Khan is an architect at ATP Architekten Ingenieure in Germany. He remembers when he graduated from Hochschule Darmstadt Germany in 2016. “I made sure to highlight my experience as a Student Expert and my Autodesk Revit certification during my interviews,” he recalls. “It showed my dedication and the firms were very impressed. I highly recommend students take advantage of these opportunities.”
Lastly, don’t be afraid to take some risks!
When asked if he had any advice for new graduates, Ian encourages flexibility and taking risks.
“Don’t be afraid to explore career paths that will allow you to spend more of your time on the challenges you are most passionate about. I almost turned down the opportunity to join KPF’s Design Technology team because transitioning into a technology-focused role didn’t fit the traditional architecture career path I had in mind. But, after considering that the parts of my job I found most satisfying were related to technology, I decided it was a risk worth taking—and it turned out to be a really amazing fit.”
Starting your career is an exciting milestone. Keep your skills sharp and demonstrate your proficiency. Take advantage of opportunities to network and showcase your work. And don’t be afraid to take some risks. Whether you are still in school or already starting down the path to a successful profession, Autodesk is here to support you on your journey.
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