Is That Career a Good Choice for the Future? How to Find Out

A graphical character walking on a path approaching three possible routes to follow.Quite a few years ago, a friend told me he was going to change careers.  Like many individuals, he had a job, but wanted a career. He wanted to acquire a marketable skill which would serve him for many years to come.  In fact, he had already signed up at a local college and taken some classes, and was well on his way.

I was so happy for him!  You could just see the excitement in his face and hear it in his voice.  Naturally, I asked what field he had decided to pursue.  “Drafting,” he said proudly, “I really like drawing and there will always be a need for drafting.”

“Wow, that’s great!” I said, “Which software will you be learning?”  At the time, the use of computer-aided design (CAD) drafting software packages like AutoCAD® and MicroStation® were entering workplaces at lightning speed.  These new software tools were quickly taking over the task of traditional drafting involving manually drawing at a drafting table.  “Oh, I’m not learning any software. Besides, I don’t like computers,” he said, “I’m learning to do drafting by hand.”

My heart sank.  Because of my experience with technology, I absolutely knew drafting tables would soon go the way of dinosaurs and cassette tapes.  I certainly didn’t want to rain on his parade, but mentioned again how CAD was the wave of the future.  If he learned CAD, it would be a real opportunity for him to get in on ground floor of something new. Continue reading