Yet another software publisher is taking pity on the unemployed. Just a few days ago Adobe began offering free licenses of Flex Builder 3 to those unfortunate developers who lost their jobs during the recession. Now another software giant Autodesk has announced a similar program for these unlucky people. It’s unsure who first hit upon this bright idea, but that doesn’t matter – get it before they change their minds.
While the Adobe program was for web application developers, the Autodesk Assistance Program is for CAD users. The Autodesk Assistance Program offers a 13 month student license of AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Autodesk Inventor Professional, and AutoCAD Civil 3D software plus free online training that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The program also offers classroom training at Autodesk Training Centers for free or at significantly reduced fees. In addition, certification preparation and exams are available at discounted rates through Autodesk Authorized Certification Centers.
In order to avail all these benefits applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Must be currently unemployed
- Must have worked in the architecture, engineering, design or manufacturing
- Must complete online application required elements, including personal contact
- Must specify their date of departure from their former employer, employer name,
and HR contact information
- Must self-certify that they meet eligibility requirements
Autodesk indicates that they might contact your former employers to confirm your application, which means that the chances of lying about your employment status and getting away are slim.
The Autodesk Assistance Program will be available from April 2, 2009 until December 31 , 2009. So you have got enough time to get unemployed and then take this big opportunity :)