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Those figures come from "Experience". When you are a project manager, even if you are highly educated, it won't make you a good project manager if you do not have the experience. It would help you to accomplisj around 25% of what you need to do as a PM and then rest comes from your experience. However, without education, you can always achieve 100% with the right experience.
It is not mandatory at all to have a degree in the construction industry to be a PM in construction but it is mandatory to have enough experience to be able to do so because as I said, construction is a wild industry and what counts is your experience and education is an asset, not a must.
Ive met many PM's in Construction who have 20 years of experience without educational background but with very hands-on experience on site.
Hope this answers your concerns.
And I can assume that if she is asking for a BS, she will not like to put hands on concrete or wood. :)
We all know a lot of project managers without college or BS degree, also, that the degree is a low percentage to be a project manager, but.. from my point of view, it will help.
Will help to understand the vocabulary or glossary (different words used in contracts, or during the meetings) I think that If I'll attend to one of your SterCo, I'll find myself completely lost, basically for the terminology.
Maybe will help to understand the process, the estimations, safety in the workplace...it's not the same construction than IT.
As Melissa is asking two different options of BS, I assumed that maybe she will prefer to start her path with some BS, instead of work directly with hands-on construction.
Better? Or I should edit the first one?
I see your point and I got what you mean now and this is why Ive mentioned, education can be an asset but at the same time, you can gain all of this including terminology and terms through experience. Education might expedite this process a bit though.
For example, it is true that my background is in Civil Engineering amd Structures Design but most of my experience is in PM and Ive learned all terminologies including contractual ones from experience as my BA did not include all of this so when I applied for the PMP and was studying, I was very familiar with 99% of the subjects.
I also agree with option 2. It won't be enough to have construction knowledge, you'll need experience for that.
First of all; I love that you have a lofty goal: Construction PM
Lot of good comments here and I'll add some recommendations from my viewpoint.
1.Degree: You can't go wrong with a degree but thoroughly research your degree alternatives and your available career choices. Your path you choose will depend on budget,tests & graduation. Personally, I'd sit down with your college career counselor.
2. Internships: I'd highly recommend you visit youtern.com. You should have 1 internship per year of college to graduate and be able to walk into a job.
3. Career planning: It's great you have a lofy goal but part of your homework is to setup informal interviews with experts in the field. Find out if you can shadow a PM in Construction to see what a day in the field looks like.
4. Network and join college associations; get involved and gain experience by volunteering.
5. Easy way to get insight into current experience required is to look at job announcements, job boards, recruiters etc.
6. Mentors/advisors will be important in your career; begin to seek out those who can help you along the way to reaching your goals.
I have met people with a psychology degree and work in PM. So you can study anything you want - but an engineering degree gives you more opportunities to start right and rise into a PM role. Other degrees, like CM, might help you get a job on the construction team, which is also good but the path to PM might be longer. Of course there is no hard rule for this - it is a function of the org culture and your drive.
Just keep in mind - construction people are proud people and often believe in learning in the trenches- this is the key
For me, I started as a Civil Engineering - working while going to college for a Power Company but in an engineering capacity - then after my bachleor i worked for Geotech - Environmental consultants but mostly on contruction projects. Then I did MS in Engineering and Construction Management from a top univeristy which landed me a job in Exxon Chemical Project Management division - in estimating unit. Then started to move around with different roles and projects.
Which remind me - working for a "client company" is quite different than a "contracting company"
Thank you very much for sparring time to comment for me. You have no idea how much this helped me confidently choose the pathway i should take in such a short time i posted this question. I will be pursuing option 2 btw. Furthermore, I learned so much and gained a new insight after reading all of your profound comments. I appreciate each and every comment. Thank you again :)
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