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What are we transferable to?
KenoLeon wrote:I personally think that if designers re-brand themselves to creative problem solvers rather than experts in X or Y tool or technology, then the alternatives just become endless, there is also a combination of what do you want to do and what can you get paid for that can guide you if you are stuck trying to decide your next step.
KenoLeon wrote:Whatever you choose, I hope your situation improves.
Generatewhatsnext wrote:Sorry about the patch you've found yourself in - it's not uncommon in our industry.
Generatewhatsnext wrote:You mentioned the previous gig, production mgr /sales engineer - If I were you I might start there, as we are entering a sweet-spot for some manufacturing to pick back up Stateside. Companies like Weathertech, auto industry parts suppliers, appliance manufacturers and HVAC equipment suppliers have kept their US manufacturing efforts since their products aren't ocean-shippable without undue cost.
And while a true CAD hybrid is super-valuable, your shop-floor experience might be very marketable.
yo wrote:I'm sorry you have had such a rough go. Seems like a bad combination of timing and circumstances.
yo wrote:I don't really have any advice, would you be willing to move? I don't know much about the design community in Scottsdale, but I would assume it is not the strongest?
Cyberdemon wrote:I transitioned to digital products. If you have experience doing more typical graphic design work (which may be the case if you were doing POP or package work) a lot of those skills can transition into a more typical UI/visual design role.
LeggoMyEggo wrote:I am glad you wrote about your experience, but I am sorry you have had to go through it. What you describe, is what I expect to be the experience for a large majority of industrial designers and grads (I have no proof, just a hunch). It is a really tough industry, not a lot of jobs, even fewer ones that are going to be satisfying.
It has crossed my mind in the past what kind of skills we posses already, and I do think a like of the CAD work is the more transferable, like someone else said. CNC operator or anything similar I can see being an easy transition, but more or less a CAD jockey.
LeggoMyEggo wrote:Or, if you have had the opportunity to do any type of business plans, you may be able to find a job like a category manager, merchandiser, or project manager. I like the idea of UI/UX, but there would be time needed to develop those skills like coding. But on the flip side it sounds like you have all the experience you need to make a product come to life, do you have any product ideas?
LeggoMyEggo wrote:Personally, I started a bit of a more extreme route this year though, in preparation for my departure from the industry..... a 15-18 month Bachelors in Nursing. No more having to go where the jobs are, which has been my biggest gripe.
Jboogie941 wrote: I'm sure we as a community could give you some advice if we were able to see some examples of your portfolio work.... I personally see dozens of id jobs available.