Dominic Drew on an inspiring opportunity at GBE Converge

"I believe that my work can really make an impact on the way that GBEC does business in the digital design world."

How did you get into what you do?

My journey to CAD started with a love for engineering and flight, throughout my studies these further developed into design and using computer programs to grow ideas and concepts into something digital which could one day become reality.

What attracted you to working at GBE Converge?

After working in seasonal jobs after university I was ready to start my career in CAD, the opportunity was presented to work within AutoCAD full time and develop my skills and understand of the program whilst also learning new technologies and systems that integrate into everyday life. This seemed like a great opportunity to start my career within the world of design and technology.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The ability to develop myself and my skills further with every project I start. Learning is key to ensuring personal development and every day presents new opportunities to learn from either experienced colleagues or through challenging problems that require new skills or proactive thinking to overcome.

What has been your favourite piece of work so far?

My favourite piece of work so far is a project that’s not yet finished. This project is a guide to help everyone in the design and estimating team in GBE Converge with their CAD skills to raise the standard of work being produced. Creating this is testing my knowledge of CAD as it is forcing me to learn new and exciting ways of approaching problems and will hopefully help anyone who is going to look at this document to better understand the program and the way in which certain actions can be used to improve quality and performance of the CAD work they are working on.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

My proudest achievement so far within the company is completing on the Battersea Phase 3 pre-construction drawings. This was one of the toughest challenges I have encountered in CAD and ensured that me and the designer were working to the best of our abilities for the 3-4 month long project. Throughout this time my CAD skills and my knowledge of the various sectors GBE Converge work within improved greatly and have allowed me to develop and understand the nature of the work we do on a daily basis.

How do you see your career developing?

I see myself working into a lead CAD role and being able to help guide and assist the whole company in improving all the CAD work that is being produced, both 2D and 3D. This requires me to have more training and I will need to stay motivated throughout to ensure that I am leading the team well but I believe that my work can really make an impact on the way that GBE Converge does business in the digital design world.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

Some people know one of my hobbies is wakeboarding and water skiing, however almost everyone would be surprised to know that throughout the summer months when I was younger I also competed in UK U16 national championships. I placed first in one of the categories in my final year of competing.