Iâ€™m really hoping that someone will be able to help me with some career advice, because I really need some as Iâ€™m so depressed at the moment I donâ€™t know where to turn, so here goes:
In July 2004 I graduated with an Honours degree in Product Design, and this was the career that Iâ€™d dreamed of for a long time. About 1 month later after looking for PD jobs, a job was advertised at a local employment agency for a â€œCAD Designerâ€ for a bespoke interiors company. When I went for the interview they told me Iâ€™d be working with a â€œSenior Designerâ€ to design furniture etc. for clients. This sounded fantastic and I had barely got home from the interview when I got the call saying that they were offering me the positionâ€¦
Well, within my first week of training in a department with the other â€œTechnical Designersâ€ (The actual job title) I realised that something wasnâ€™t as it should be â€“ the Senior Designers were throwing disgustingly crude sketches of kitchen ground plans into the office and then the TDs had to draw them up on AutoCAD LT. There were lots of arguments with the SDs threatening the TDs with impossible deadlines etc. and the fact that if a TD has a query the SDs ignore their phone so you canâ€™t get an answer and then when they come to pick up the drawings with minutes to spare before client presentations, itâ€™s the TDâ€™s fault if thereâ€™s a problem.
The worst SD for doing this was the guy I was going to be working with in a small showroom when my training was complete.
Well, Iâ€™m now in the small showroom and my life is a living hell!! All I do all day is produce 2D plans & elevations for countless presentations using stock block libraries. I am not allowed to think for myself - if thereâ€™s a problem and the SD isnâ€™t there I have to wait until he gets back, because whatever I do to overcome the problem will be wrong. Iâ€™ve tried mentioning the possibility of implementing some 3D stuff but that gets me nowhere, Iâ€™ve even done perspective sketches by hand in my own time for one of the directors and that has got me nowhere.
I really need to get another job as it is making me so depressed because my brain isnâ€™t stimulated, but I donâ€™t know what to do. I approached one employment agency about PD work and they said â€œMost companies will ask us, if this guy wants to do PD, why is he doing a Draughting job?â€ I explained that the job was not how it was described to me, and that I needed to earn a living and Iâ€™ve heard nothing since. Iâ€™ve written to local companies, but most donâ€™t even respond. I even bought a copy of Pro/Engineer to learn at home, but as soon as I bought that there were a load of jobs wanting experience of â€œRhinoâ€, Alias etc that weâ€™d never heard of during the degree.
It seems like whichever direction I turn I canâ€™t find a solution. My fiancÃ© says she canâ€™t take much more of my depression and I donâ€™t blame her, and Iâ€™m so lonely as there are only 3 of us at work: the SD who is a total ar*e hole (42) the Secretary (52) and me (27) and none of us actually like each other. I only just have enough money for fuel to get to work and we can never afford to go out.
I just hope someone can offer me a suggestion to help me find something else thatâ€™s a bit creative working with a team of people? By the way I live about 28miles outside London.
Sorry about the long first post â€“ any suggestions welcomeâ€¦