7 RULES FOR SUCCESSFUL DESIGNERS AND DRAFTERS
Success comes in many forms and at different times for everyone. One has to put in the effort and work relentlessly to get to their pinnacle of success. Some people believe in hard-work, whereas some belief in smart-work, but what drives you to your success is actually your attitude toward yourself and others around you. Nobody gets famous overnight for their work; it takes time, resilience, and patience to keep striving for achieving your ambitions and becoming successful. Being successful also depends on the kind of industry you are working in; in a competitive industry like engineering drafting and designing it gets difficult to move past the obstacles and make your name. However, we are here to solve the dilemma for you and to list down 7 rules that you can follow and abide by to become a successful designer and drafter!
BE OPEN TO LEARNING FROM OTHERS’ EXPERIENCE:
A lot of times drafters and designers who are a novice and have just stepped into the industry feel over-shadowed by their senior colleagues’ experiences. Let us tell you something, things that you haven’t even experimented yet in the practical world have mostly already been explored by your seniors. Listening actively to their suggestions and learning from their experience can save you hours of experimenting in the wrong direction. It is good to have a voice and opinion of your own but learning from others’ experiences (even colleagues of the same expertise level as you) is highly important. Always remember, there’s somebody out there who has spent many more hours than you in the same field and it won’t belittle you in any manner to learn from them.
Now you might think that we are contradicting our own stance but here is why it’s not self-contradicting; you can always experiment, and you must experiment but as efficiently as possible. If you have learnt from others that a certain setting on an application or software doesn’t give you the required result, you ought not to experiment it a gazillion times to achieve a certain result. There are much more productive ways to go about it. However, it is essential to keep trying out new things; this not only broadens your knowledge but also awakens your creative side. Those who keep experimenting, keep moving forward!
LEARN TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY:
A lot of people neglect this factor in the drafting and designing industry, but it is what sets you apart and makes you shine in front of your higher officials. Everyone pushes people forward who have great communication skills, be it a meeting with a client or be it taking a lead. You need to learn to communicate effectively as your teamwork heavily relies on your communication, one poorly communicated message can bring down the energy of people working with you, and it can bring down your project too. People, who communicate better, are proved to have given more opportunities because they convey, convince and deliver in a promising manner. Therefore to move up the ladder of success, it is important to communicate effectively. Moreover, active communication is not all about speaking but also about listening actively. In fact, researchers claim that effective communication involves less speaking and more listening.
TIME MANAGEMENT IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS:
You are given a task, and if you decide to turn up late to work every day and procrastinate the rest of the day, you lose half of the project right then and there. Drafting and designing require a lot of thought process and execution process as well. If you don’t manage your time efficiently in the beginning only, you end up piling up loads of work for the end of your deadline. As a professional, you might know, the deadline is the time where everything starts going down the hill, the most unexpected obstacles come up and it halts your projects’ pace and progress. Hence, it is vital to be pro-active and manage your tasks according to the timeline. Nowadays there are a lot of online portals and time-management apps where you can plan your daily and monthly tasks, don’t forget to use them!
OWN YOUR WORK:
A lot of times when you’re working for an organization, you get done with work to get rid of the load. Once you begin to have this attitude for your work, you automatically put less effort into it. What will set you apart from your colleagues is going to be the owner that you take of your task; it might be perfect or it may require some revisions, but it ought to be owned by you. You should make every drawing like it’s you who is the primary stakeholder. This positive attitude will put you on the path of success for sure!
UPGRADE YOUR SKILLS:
Like every other industry, drafting and designing industry also keeps evolving. We can emphasize enough on the fact of how important it is for you to keep upgrading yourself with the evolution of your industry. If you don’t learn the upcoming technological advancements and software, you will suffer in the long run. Successful people keep up with the pace of their work’s evolution. One needs to communicate on a larger level with people in the same community as that on virtual groups to be updated what’s new in the market. With the introduction of a new skill increases its demand, and professionals who fill in the demand are deemed to be successful.
RELAX AND RETREAT:
It is the nature of work in this industry that burns you out and leaves you with exhilarating exhaustion. It is important to relax and take a break when you are over-worked. Nobody gets an award for working 24/7, but if your mind is relaxed and you feel healthy, you’ll consequently perform better at your job. A daily or weekly workout routine helps you feel rejuvenated and energetic and if the workload is getting a toll on your health then must retreat and take a vacation. A mind at ease is a creative mind indeed!
This is our take on how you can become a successful drafter and designer, it all depends on how willing are you to become one!