I’m currently* finishing my bachelor’s degree in Robotics with all together “official” 3 years work experience - (I have been working since I was 17 but that wasn’t anything technical).
2 years of that was in a NOC (Network operations center) and 1 year was a help desk for a truck tracking company.
My “problem” is that I have quite my latest job in NOC because management was driving the company down big time, and I value myself a little too much to be underappreciated and under payed for the work I was doing there.
So I decided that I should validate my knowledge of Autodesk Inventor (3D CAD) and get myself certified, which I did, both user and professional certification + I took additional courses and got my Autocad (2D CAD) user certification.
a couple of weeks later
An opportunity presented itself and I took Creo Parametric (3D CAD) basics and advanced courses, you could say I might have finally found my calling with 3D design and this is awesome !!!
The reason I’m giving you all of this backstory is because I would like to do the Siemens certification also… why? You are probably asking yourself. Because I don’t want to give my future employer any excuses not to hire me and to bargain for a better starting pay check.
So…I need money and because I would like to earn my living, I’m here to ask you for an advice.
- Should I work random meninges jobs until I finish my certification – easily doable
- Should I just apply for the job that I want and try to get the company to send me to the certification - this is the smartest thing to do but I loose on my bargaining chip
- Seek clients online who would be interested in my line of work and get financed this way. – this is an option but without a name for myself highly unlikely and really time consuming
- Within this year 2018.