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    Starting a career with Revit/BIM/CAD

    Hi there,

    I have just come out of an apprenticeship role working with Revit. Over the last year I gained quite a few skills and learnt a lot using Revit. I am currently now looking to create my portfolio for work to get a new job. I have a job interview on Thursday for a BIM Technician role and I want to impress the manager and team leader there. I'm just wondering if anyone experienced can give me any advice on what sorts of things should be included as work examples in my portfolio? I am pretty clueless as what to include. All I have at the moment is rendered images of 3D models but I don't feel like this is enough. Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks very much

    Ben
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    Hi Axeman89; things keep evolving and changing. I just image googled "revit portfolio" and got this: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=re...w=1366&bih=676

    What looking at that page informed me / reminded me, is that I would take the models you've made and make a varied portfolio including the rendered model images you already have but also output plans, shaded axo's, with and without shadows, sections, elevations, details, etc. Maybe even sheets with all types of drawings together, much like the images on the webpage.

    Basically showing that you can produce a variety of drawing types. No point trying to win an interview for someone they want making plans and sections if all you've got are pretty 3D renderings . . . Right now you just want to get your foot in the door and need to show you've got a good grasp of the software.

    That leads me to another thing - interview technique. That would also be a good thing to google. But one important thing is to listen really very carefully to what is being said in the interview and to study the job description prior to the interview and prepare yourself with why YOU are the best candidate for the role. The interviewer always knows WHO they're looking for - it's up to the candidate to prove that they are the ONE they are looking for !

    Good luck !

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    What was important when I interviewed was the capability to improve their programs through new tools and experience with navigating the program and creating templates. Depending on the company they might want to know the extent of your ability to program within the applications and create new content. I work in an MEP company, so my knowing how to create parametric families was very important.

    A great thing to express for the interview is your ability and experience with troubleshooting issues in each program. When I interviewed they wanted to make sure I both knew the program and had enough experience with it to handle most issues that came up.

    Kamran Mirza is very correct in the interview technique being very important. Make sure you have questions you want to ask them too, like what the ideal candidate should have and what goals they have/ how their company expects to grow. Asking them questions shows your investment and makes you more memorable in my opinion.

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    Thank you both so much for the information. I honestly find this really invaluable as I am starting out. Kamranmirza, I will take your advice on using the sections, elevations and details as that seems like a practical thing to show them that I am able to do that.


    I was thinking of also putting models on sheets with showing the different projections with the relevant dimensions for each.

    @RenChan when you mention the ability to program within the applications do you mean code? or more like formulas like in family types or? I read somewhere that you can program in C or C++ or one of those languages within Revit but I don't know about this plus it's way beyond my ability anyway to do that.

    Again thanks for your help

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    • Ability & Willingness to learn - both software & building construction. I would take someone with minimal knowledge that is able & willing to learn over someone who is a know-it-all that doesn't have any interest in trying to improve them self.
    • As others have mentioned having a wide range of material is good. Renderings, plans, sections, and details are all important.
    • Subject matter interest. Technical knowledge is great but if you have no interest in what you are doing (architecture) you aren't much more than a warm body to push buttons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cellophane View Post
    • Ability & Willingness to learn - both software & building construction. I would take someone with minimal knowledge that is able & willing to learn over someone who is a know-it-all that doesn't have any interest in trying to improve them self.
    • As others have mentioned having a wide range of material is good. Renderings, plans, sections, and details are all important.
    • Subject matter interest. Technical knowledge is great but if you have no interest in what you are doing (architecture) you aren't much more than a warm body to push buttons.
    Thanks for the advice Cellophane much appreciated. I don't have any certifications or qualifications currently but I am really eager to do this job for life, I genuinely enjoy it. What you say about the warm body pushing buttons or as some call it "draughting workhorse" is true of many I think. I haven't come from an engineering or architectural background but I genuinely am interested in it although not that knowledgeable on it currently. I find it hard to express why I enjoy it specifically but I just know I do. For me I am more interested in engineering than architecture.

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    I wouldn't worry about your background as much. There are few enough people who specialize in Revit that even though I had a completely different education, I still found good opportunities. I had a film and theater background, but because of animation and set design I tied in my changing interests.

    Sorry, the other day I meant Programing as in Revit parameters and turning several families into one smart family with multiple types. That was a big deal for both my past interviews. Any knowledge of add-in programs is also a big plus.

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    No problem thanks RenChan.

    I adapted my portfolio to demonstrate my ability and display parametric families with multiple types. I also happened to mentioned plug ins by chance in my interview yesterday and to my amazement they offered me the job! which I am really pleased about as I really need this opportunity to progress. Again thanks for your advice

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    Hey congratulations Axeman89 ! Well done and the best of luck with your new career �� !

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamranmirza View Post
    Hey congratulations Axeman89 ! Well done and the best of luck with your new career �� !
    Thank you kamranmirza all the best

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