How old were you when you became certified as a @SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE)? Lucas is only 15!!!
Lucas becomes a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE) at the age of 15!
Does he need a job?
Glenn Schroeder wrote: Does he need a job?
Glenn Schroeder wrote:
He is probably hiring...
I was 24 when I became CSWE.
I'm still 24 btw. Seems like time has stopped after that event.
Definately a smart, driven individual. However, I'm sure there would be a lot more people doing it if they had the right circumstances (exposure & opportunities like this kid had).
I worked almost 5 years as a designer before even taking the CSWA. Im CSWP certified (at 27) with the advanced topics done but haven't had the desire to attempt the expert exam.
Earning a CSWE certificate after only using the software for ~1 year also highlights a flaw with the testing process/difficulty rather than his skill set, IMO.
Or speaks well of the education process. It is a test of software proficiency. Industry experience is distinct from that.
I would agree with you if there actually was a formal education process for SW. However, the article states he is self-taught. Also, there is generally a sense of "this person knows their stuff" when it comes to certification. Which is not always the case when they lack real-world experience. Not to mention the level of proficiency required to obtain the CSWE is not what most "experienced" users would consider adequate when compared to someone who has earned the title or Sr. or Principal Designer.
Almost every bit of feedback I have read online regarding the CSWE exam (plus my own experience with testing) indicates there is more than enough time to complete each task and go back to check your work. Hardly proficient if it can be done with multiple sub-standard methods and given a passing score. But again, just my opinion.
CSWE is not a full replacement for a resume of work experience by any means. Again, it is the very essence of not having work experience but proving proficiency in a software. Trying to make it more than it is or make it more difficult means it would be seldom used and become useless as a result.
Congrats to Lucas, it shows he has tenacity.
As far as the worth of the test.... well that depends where you are. I know it's a thing in the US but... it really isn't over here.
No matter what certificate you have or how many you have, the first thing you'll have to do in a job interview is prove that you actually know the software and can use it in a meaningful way.
Besides, there's such a shortage of technical drafters over here that if you can show you have the skill set necessary including the spatial insight that one gets hired even if you know barely the basics of the program whereupon one gets taught the program on the job as well as getting to follow official VAR training sessions on the companies dime.
Newell Voss wrote: Definately a smart, driven individual. However, I'm sure there would be a lot more people doing it if they had the right circumstances (exposure & opportunities like this kid had). I worked almost 5 years as a designer before even taking the CSWA. Im CSWP certified (at 27) with the advanced topics done but haven't had the desire to attempt the expert exam.Earning a CSWE certificate after only using the software for ~1 year also highlights a flaw with the testing process/difficulty rather than his skill set, IMO.
Newell Voss wrote:
If we heard about this more often, then perhaps I'd agree with this sentiment.
But statistically, Lucas is an outlier on the far right of the Gaussian curve.
He is a the converse of the left outlier, someone who won't pass even if given several years.
Bottom line: Lucas did it.
And whatever the "it" is, "it" is more than nothing.
I got my CSWE in just under 5 years of starting with SW and within 5 months of passing CSWP segment 1.
Plus, truth be told, at 15, I was pretty much just a walking pile of...
Kudos to Lucas for his initiative and also to all of the people who backed him/propelled him along the way.
53 for me.
Good job Lucas!
I'd like to think that we will see this kind of thing more in the future as people are more capable of taking in different software. I got my CSWP at 29 after half a year of working with SW on a daily basis. Before that, I had done a few separate projects with it and used different CAD programs in school. Most of the ease of learning the ins and outs of any software comes from the ability to use other software. That being said, it is IMHO an achievement to be CSWE at 15. You must really be into what you do to make it so young, with everything else people have to deal with at that age.
Awesome stuff there Lucas.
Thanks for sharing this story Alin.
Great to see such a young man applying himself to something. I hope he takes it to the next level and on and on.
Congratulation , keep going LUCAS ,
I got my CSWE since 5 years at Age of 29 !.
Soildworks CSWE Certification give a good impression about Designer Ability to solve or Dealing with a complex Design Case .
Wow! What a great achievement at just 15! Welcome to the club!
He has saved many years of his future to target other heights and reach to their pinnacles. Wish you all the best in your endeavors Lucas.
BTW, is there an age limit to create a SW Customer Portal account?
AWSOME! we did not have computers when I was 15.
Was the wheel even invented by then? Getting to old to remember 15.
Congratulations to Lucas! I was 55 years, 356 days old when I passed the CSWE exam. I can remember it like it just happened almost 3 hours ago. Oh that's right - it did! I just passed it at 6PM this evening. And ;et me tell you, it was every bit as challenging as you've been led to believe and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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