Is there still a job market for people skilled in flat-pattern design or do i really need to get a handle on CAD pattern-making? I have been teaching flat-pattern at the college level for three and a half years, so I am pretty familiar with the techniques. However, I just think teaching is not the proper route for me. I would rather be doing than teaching.
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I would say this is an amazing skill to have and one that is becoming more and more rare as people rely heavily on technology... but there is always something unique about having something hand made from start to finish.
I would say think hard about the direction you would like to take in your career (of course it is important to know what we don't want too:) and see how these skills meld into the new direction. If you need to strengthen your skills you can always take classes or invest in a program.