Finding the right BIM career move (update Feb 2020)
STEP 1: YOU DEFINE THE RIGHT BIM CAREER FOR YOU
Firstly, you need to understand where you are heading and what you need to do to get there. Only then can you determine if you are in the best place to develop your career now, if you need to move and if options open to you will help or hinder.
The BIM Career Path and the BIM Career Management tool show you career paths and the skills you need to progress. Use these to assess where you want to go, where you are now and the skills you need to gain to progress.
If you are starting your BIM career, or are not going to get the experience you need and you are looking to move, here is our advice on how to make the right choice.
STEP 2: IDENTIFY THE BEST EMPLOYERS
Do your research. There is a good selection of BIM specific, GENUINE career opportunities here. These are courtesy of johnsonBIM. They screen clients and constantly monitor them to ensure they are the ‘best BIM employers’.
Beware, there are a lot of arm-wavers out there with enticing adverts and dangling big carrots. It is difficult to differentiate the best BIM employers from the mediocre or even bad. Here’s how the experts do it:
The 5 primary criteria johnsonBIM use to differentiate the best BIM employers from the arm-wavers (and in this order!):
1: STABILITY: Is the business financially sound with a good pipeline of recession-proof work?
2: PEOPLE CENTRIC: Commitment to making your work enjoyable and a healthy work/life balance;
3: DBE CENTRIC: Strong DBE vision with evidential financial + board room commitment;
4: LEADERSHIP: Motivational leader with a passion for innovation and DBE;
5: CAREER CENTRIC: Clear potential to progress. There’s not too much congestion in the mid/senior ranks and/or the business is expanding.
Why in this order? There’s no point joining a career centric business with a great Digital Leader if it isn’t financially stable, committed to DBE or likes ‘milking’ you! DO YOUR RESEARCH! And don’t be afraid to ask the experts.
STEP 3: STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD
Always assume the market is competitive and that YOU need to stand out from the crowd.
A good CV helps. Read CV tips for useful advice but NOTE, the best way to get noticed is to get recommended directly to the decision maker.
Having chosen the right business by following steps 1 and 2, try and find ways of getting noticed by the decision maker.
If someone you know has their ear and will recommend you then that’s plan A.
Plan B would be a good recruitment agent who has that relationship.
Plan C is to rely purely on your CV to do the work for you.