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Old 12-10-2011, 02:25 PM   #21
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Re: Graduating Student Advice

start with framing, it makes it easier to learn everything else if you know how the basic structure is assembled.
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:44 PM   #22
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[QUOTE=Willie T;1349982]What is with these single post nonsensical questions that have been coming in droves for the last few months?

I think this is about the thirtieth one I've read.

Is this a robot thing that someone just sends out to various forums?[/QU


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Old 12-11-2011, 02:03 PM   #23
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Apply for a management position and regardless of where you start, be eager to get your hands will learn a faster. The construction industry is a people business. Therefore,the best suggestion I have regardless of where you start is to first: RESPECT those who do the work, next respect your employer and yourself. Your success will depend on how well you balance the two.
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If you want to be a project manager and stay away from "labor", then I would apply for a position at entry level management, whatever form that may be.

However practical experience is invaluable, if you do an apprenticeship or get trade experience you will get the knowledge and confidence to make construction related decisions on the spot. This will make the project go smoother, and gain the respect of the people doing the work. This will make you much more valuable than someone who went to management school, however can't think on their feet of solutions to problems because they've never been the guy building/installing and had to problem-solve to get their job done, IMO.

In my opinion as an employee and working on my own, the best person to have as a project manager is a tradesman first, with a decent amount of experience, as well as educated in management, or just well suited for it intelligence/personality wise. This will be your best route for success, IMO. Your education is valuable, but don't underestimate practical job-site experience/knowledge either.


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