If you don’t get onto college courses in engineering or design, then you could start by learning how to use the software that professionals use. The companies that develop the software are now offering training courses for the software as well.
These courses are not free and they could set you back a lot of money, but if it gets you on the right path, then it will be worth the money.
As you may be aware, some of the best software companies are based abroad, so you might not have had the same opportunities as you do now. In those days, you would have had to pay for the course, the flight to the other country and accommodation when you get there.
Now, unless you are independently wealthy, you would not have been able to afford this, and we wouldn’t be having this conversation anyway because you would not need a job. Plus, you could probably buy the company that wouldn’t give you a job.
Anyway, the point is that these companies now have distance-learning programs so you can enrol and complete the course from the comfort of your own home.
Purchasing the Software
The next problem that you will run into is that you will need the software to take the course. Now, some software programs are very expensive. Professional level software can run into the thousands. If you are a student, or you are just out of school, there is no way that you can afford this.
Luckily, some software providers will offer access to their software as a subscription service, so you just have to make monthly payments and then you can use the software that you need.
So, once you are on the distance learning course for the appropriate design or engineering software, you are going to want to get some experience in the field.
You could do this by contacting companies and asking them if you could volunteer at their company. They might need some unpaid workers and you will get the experience that you need.
If you are lucky enough, they might offer you an apprenticeship where you will learn on the job and get paid. You might even end up with a permanent job at the end of it because they will have spent time training you up to do things their way. It would be better for them to hire you other than someone else who will need to be trained.
You should think about telling them that you have attended some courses and received training on the software, because that will benefit them greatly. Think about it, they might have had to pay to send you on the course anyway, so the fact that you have done it yourself shows them that you have initiative and the job is important to you. It also saves them money. They might even pay for you to get the higher level of training.