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Establish a plan for guiding your construction career

Most projects in the construction industry are guided by a plan. Your career shouldn’t be any different. Over the course of my career I’ve been given many opportunities to grow, expand, and share my knowledge of the industry. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way that can help you develop a plan for a successful career.

Embrace change

This is an industry in constant change. Some people are able to accept change and others will be passed over. A longtime friend of mine did not think email and other computer skills were going to be important to his future. Unfortunately he found out the hard way. He was passed over for a promotion to be a project manager on a large construction project. Don’t make the same mistake.

Step up your game

I encourage everyone in this or any industry to keep an open mind. The old adage of “this is not my job” will not cut it in the construction industry. We need people who are willing to take charge and step up their games. This is good for both your organization and your own personal growth. The benefits will come back to you tenfold.

The power of listening

A person once told me: “The best thing you can do is to continue to show up at meetings.” When you are there, listen to the discussions. You don’t have to agree or disagree. Just listen! The power of listening will make you invaluable to your organization. You will be surprise to see what happens. I can guarantee by the third meeting people will be directing questions to you. They will ask for your input. Don’t be shy to get engaged. People will want to hear from you, especially since you’ve been paying attention during the meeting.

'Get it done'

Companies are looking within for their future leaders. Today, with unemployment at record lows and the high cost of recruiting new people, organizations are committed to building the future around people who are willing to say, “I will get it done!” Make sure you adopt and demonstrate that attitude.

  • David Rosenberg

  • David Rosenberg is Senior Manager of Water Rehabilitation Services for Michels Pipe Services. In more than 35 years in the construction industry, David has accumulated a wealth of experience, including business development, operations management, project management, safety training and estimating.

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