The past year has seen unprecedented changes in industry operations and training. Professionals have had to adapt to the challenges and opportunities that remote work presents. The learning experience for students is no different.
Educational institutions have found new ways to offer an engaging education at a safe distance. At the Digital School, the BIM Technician certificate is now available in two options: a full-time online program (6 months), or a part-time online program (12 months). These changes have necessitated a new working mentality. Students have the freedom and responsibility to organize their time, develop independent learning habits, and connect with fellow students.
Here’s a look at how to develop effective study habits and foster a close network with your peers in a remote context.
Setting Up a Home Office During BIM Training
Creating a productive work environment is the first step to success. BIM technicians work with designers and engineers to create technical drawings that can be built into a concrete reality. For students interested in a BIM technician career, there is a growing emphasis on the value of digitizing the physical world. Essentially, this means focusing on digital representations of physical structures to promote accuracy and efficiency in development.
With the move to remote work, students can benefit from digital tools and computer programs to successfully complete their studies. Much of the training in BIM focuses on applying Computed Aided Design (CAD) skills and utilizing BIM software such as Revit, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and BIM360. To focus on these areas, students can benefit from setting up a home office that includes a computer equipped with the relevant software needed to complete design projects.
Scheduling Your Day With Focus Areas
The Digital School offers a comprehensive program designed to foster creative and technical skills. BIM courses cover numerous areas, including BIM concepts, technologies, and processes, producing 3D models from sketches, and developing cross-sectional views and contour maps. Courses also equip students with theoretical knowledge on understanding the needs and requirements of different BIM stakeholders.
As BIM training is extensive, it’s important for students to develop an organized study schedule to ensure they pay sufficient attention to each module. By focusing on a different topic each day, students can prioritize each section, identify areas of improvement, and ensure that they graduate from their program with a complete and thorough understanding of BIM.
Scheduling Time to Network With Your Peers
As a BIM technician, you’ll be working on a team and coordinating with a number of different people, including architects, engineers, project managers, technologists, and construction workers. That’s why it’s important to foster your communication skills and develop your professional network, even while studying remotely in BIM training.
The best way to achieve this is by scheduling time for networking on LinkedIn, where you can reach out to industry peers for guidance in your career. Your fellow students are another great resource to draw upon, whether to support one another in your studies or to develop connections for later in life. By making networking an integral part of the workday, you’ll come out of your program with a good level of support to kickstart your professional career.
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