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【職業心得】認真 ● 跳出框框

認真 ● 跳出框框

有否遇過一些同事或同學,小別一個假期,就發現對方改變很大,甚至脫胎換骨?

例如對方工作效率高了,或課堂教的早已融會貫通,不再是以前要人手把手去教的半桶水,甚至趕在你的前面,令你不禁想問問他:「你在假期做了甚麼?」卻因自尊作怪,問不出口。

你懂的,他有積極地找出自己的不足,把握有限的時間認真求學,為前途及未來的商機作好準備,相反,你是否還在給自己找更多的藉口,不肯跳出現有的框框呢?

還靠「摸」去用電腦嗎?

想投身設計行業,或已在職的你,最初使用電腦軟件,是否不求甚解地嘗試累積使用技巧,直至勉強操作得到,就沿用至今?而一些進階功能,就因為覺得好麻煩而完全無視了?

你有否想過,那些往往是提升生產力或質素的工具,例如使用AutoCAD畫圖,你試過加班加時呆等出圖嗎?其實善用Layout與Sheet Set的功能,就能好好安排打印工作。或者,你想在Photoshop修改照片素像,你還會Rasterize Layer使用Eraser Tools然後儲存很多版本,讓你可退回之前的步驟嗎?其實Smart Object和Layer Mask正是為了這種設計檢討而設的便捷功能。

自怨自艾為何工作永遠做不完嗎?作品質量停滯不前嗎?何不索性把這些軟件一次精通,讓自己不用再為多餘的電腦操作而OT,甚至引發出你那藏在未知的軟件功能背後的潛力呢?

現有的技術讓你向前邁進了嗎?

軟件也許已用得滾瓜爛熟的你,是否不甘於維持著當前的狀況或職位,但卻覺得除了等待經濟轉好或新的客人自動送上門外,沒什麼可以做?

你有好好去留意行業的發展作出恰當的技能調整,或者有想過憑着你現有的基礎,結合第二技能去創造新的機會嗎?例如BIM(建築信息模型)因為同時利於設計及管理建築及工程項目,近年逐漸成為業界的標準。另外,智能電話和平板電腦的普及,互聯網變得更重要:大量的印刷品需要電子化,平面設計人員要達到更具生產力的版式處理、客戶希望網站要設計得具有社交、適地及流動性(SoLoMo)等等。

面對這些發展及商機,你會墨守成規,還是踏出新的一步?

天行凝方一直專注於創意行業的培訓,開辦一系列獲Autodesk及Adobe專業認可的課程,幫助學員提升創意實力,以應付業界需求及創造新機會。

別再找藉口了!把握這個夏日,認真地徹底裝備自己,面對下一波的挑戰!

課程專頁:http://www.formwelkin.com/summer

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Job Market Vol.624 (07 Jun 2013)

Be conscientious, break it through

Have you ever experience notice some real big change happened on a coworker or classmate, just right after a little seasonal break?

He has raised his job efficiency, or he already tackle what your professor said.  He is no longer the newbie that you used to teach him step by step, or maybe, he has already make his way in front of you.  You were so curious that really wanted to ask him”What have you done during the holidays ? ” but you decided not to do so, mischief by your self-esteem.

But in fact, you know the answer: he has identify his shortcomings, and actively grasp the limited time to study, and prepare for his future, as well as more opportunities, on the contrary, are you still giving yourself more excuses, and refused to break it through?

Are you still “trying out” while using computer?

You may want to join the design industry, or maybe you are already in the industry, while using computer, are you still trying to accumulate more usage experience , until you can barely operate it?  And in the same time, you ignore the advanced features because look so troublesome?

Have you ever thought that those are often features to improve quality or productivity?   For example, when using AutoCAD for CAD drawing, have you ever been staying overtime for printout?  Actually, making use of the Layout and Sheet Set functions, you can arrange your printings effectively.  Else, when you want to make permanent changes on photos using Photoshop, are you using Eraser Tools on a Rasterized Layer, and you save many version to make sure the steps are reversible?  Smart Objects and Layer Masks are features dedicated for such design review functions.

Lamenting why the work take you forever? Why you work stay the same? Why don’t you make yourself proficient to these software, so that you don’t have to work overtime for more computer operation, or even dig your potentials which is perhaps hidden behind the unknown software features?

Are you moving forward with your existing skill?

You maybe very good at your software, but are you not satisfied with your existing status or position, but you found nothing you can do other than waiting for a better economy or new customer to knock on your door?

Did you pay good attention to the development of the industry, and make appropriate adjustment on your skill set?  Or have you ever thought of combining your existing skill and a second skill, to create a new opportunity?    For example,  BIM (Building Information Modeling) is becoming a standard in the AEC industry in the recent years because of its effectiveness on project design and management.   On the other hand, the popularity of  smart phones and tablet PCs has made the Internet more important: huge number of printed matters are required to digitize, which forced graphic designers  to upgrade themselves to advanced layout design to become more productive.   Customers demand their website to be designed to have the Social, Local and Mobility (SoLoMo) elements and etc.

Facing these developments and business opportunities, will youl stay in a rut, or take a new step?

Form.Welkin has been focusing on creative-related training, and has been running a series of Autodesk and Adobe approved courses, which aims to help students on raising their creativity, coping with business needs and creating new opportunities.

Stop making excuses! Grasp this summer, equip yourself thoroughly with conscience, and get yourself prepared to face the next challenges!

Course Website: http://www.formwelkin.com/summer

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Job Market Vol.624 (07 Jun 2013)

June 7, 2013

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