I still remember the days of waking up wondering what I could do with my professional life. I suppose that’s a nice way of saying “I dreaded going to work.” I read “What Color is My Parachute” and spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to be when I grew up – this is at 29 years old with two children. So, how did I get to the point where I am today, almost nine years in at a rapidly-growing technology consulting firm?
The thing I reference first when asked about my favorite part of the job is the variety. Since day one at Microdesk, I’ve been able to work on tons of different types of projects for all kinds of firms, on a weekly basis. The variety has kept me engaged and excited to be at work for the past eight years. From exploring new tools like energy analysis and virtual reality, to developing standards, teaching classes, modeling content and buildings, conducting technology assessments, writing proposals, mentoring younger colleagues – there’s no shortage of new experiences! I’ve built a client base of small, high-end residential firms, small-medium commercial design firms, multi-office/multi-discipline international firms, construction firms, and non-profit design organizations.
The consistent theme throughout all these efforts is building relationships through helping people. My current role is focused on business development, and that’s always been at least a small part of what I do. I love what today’s design technology can do and where it’s headed. It’s amazing how far it’s come since I started using AutoCAD 20 years ago! My strength lies in creating and maintaining relationships, listening to people’s challenges and goals, and putting together a plan and a team to solve those challenges and achieve those goals.
While I no longer break out the trace paper and work though space planning exercises, I haven’t looked back or had second thoughts about where I am right now. It’s amazing working for a company that gives you the freedom to forge your own career path. Microdesk is a place that listens to your ideas and values your input, whether it’s on a topic like marketing or recruiting, professional development, or breaking into a new business market. It’s a great feeling to love your job, especially when it didn’t take 20+ years to get there!
Microdesk is a global AECO industry consulting firm dedicated to assisting design, construction and operations teams with improving workflows and integrating BIM, VDC and EAM technologies. Using software from industry leaders such as Autodesk and IBM, combined with our vision and passion for sustainably meeting the demands of urbanization, our team of industry experts is redefining project deliver and asset management.