At some point in your CAD design career, you’ll likely be faced with a project that seems to leave you baffled. It can be hard to accept that you are at a loss, and even more difficult to admit it to your boss. But failing to speak with your manager isn’t normally the best path. If you’re confused at your CAD design job, here’s why it is best to tell your boss the truth.
Your Manager May Already Know
Whether you’ve recently started a new job or have been in your position for years, your boss likely has a good grasp on what your skill set is and what tasks you have handled before. That means, they also probably know when something is new to you and may leave you feeling out of your depth.
If you find yourself drowning in your latest assignment, admitting that fact might not surprise your manager, and can actually make things easier in the long run. They can connect you with others who can help you manage the portions you find challenging, giving you a chance to learn and grow. Then, when you have to do similar work in the future, you’ll be prepared, and they know they can count on you.
You Can’t Fake It Forever
Many of heard the adage, “fake it ‘til you make it.” While this approach can be effective when you just need a little extra time to get your ducks in a row, it can’t be used as a long-term solution when your shortcomings are affecting others.
Turning in subpar or incomplete work will be noticed, especially if it is starting to become a norm. Additionally, your colleagues likely have to shoulder a heavier burden because of it. By asking your boss for help, you’re creating an opportunity to get the answers or training you need to handle your workload.
It Eliminates Excuses
By being direct with your manager, you can actually set yourself up for success. They may be able to connect you to resources, like online references, books, or courses that can help you fill in the gaps. This allows you to work your way through the problem yourself instead of relying on others to pick up the slack.
When you approach your boss, have a clear idea of what shortcomings are affecting your work. This allows you to explain what parts of the job you can confidently handle and on which you need help. Often, this direct approach is likely to yield the best results as you can specifically ask for the guidance you need in a concise manner. It can also demonstrate self-awareness as long as your assessment of your capabilities is honest and thorough.
If the job is completely over your head, then it’s also possible this isn’t the right position for you. Admitting that you need to find another option allows you to locate a job that better suits your capabilities and lets your boss find the right person for their needs too. If you’re interested in discovering a new opportunity, The Advance Group can connect you with some of the area’s leading employers. Contact us today and see what may be available to you.