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Three months before I was to graduate with an AS in CAD, I was hired on by a major (Fortune 500) utility company. The suprising thing was that I was one of less than a handful of drafters permamently employed by this company that had a formal education in drafting. The person that hired me was so tickled with my performance that he no longer hires drafters without an AS. To make a long story short, in my two short years with this company, I have been given many opportunities, one of which is that the company is now supporting me (both time and money wise) in an all-out effort to get a BS in Mechanical Engineering. My best advice to you would be to go to your school's placement office. Most technical colleges have them and they are excellent sources for placement assistance - it worked for me! The CAD/drafting world was a big career change for me as well - I was a music ed. major in a past life, but I am proof that it can be done. Also, a few years ago I bought a downloadable book on CAD resumes and cover letters and it has proved to be indespensible - here's the link: I say go for it! But, please do heed RochesterNY's advice on your employer's contributions to your education. For example, my employer requires that you be employed with them for six months before you're eligible for ed benefits, but once you get them, you have no obligation to the company if you leave - other than ethical (or your quilty conscience). Good luck!
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