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How do I find an opportunity in Construction or Community Development as a PM, any input?
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I am currently pursuing my MBA, focusing my education towards Real Estate Development. I would like to be a PM in the industry of Construction or Community Development. Since I lack the experience, I would like to obtain an internship or volunteer opportunity. Would anybody be able to give advice on the best way to gain experience? I will be passing my CAPM exam later this month.
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Good day

Andrew, the first thing I will tell you is the following: you must be patient. To be a PM in the construction industry you will need many years of experience in this industry, even with an MBA. So do not expect the PM title soon.

If you want to work in this industry, you have to identify leading companies if you can, and it is likely you will join in planning or estimating - not a PM. If your bachelor is in engineering, you might get a filed or site engineer assignment.
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1 reply by Andrew Bell
Oct 05, 2017 11:59 AM
Andrew Bell
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@Mounir I am actually obtaining my CAPM this month. My exam is on the 24th. Patience is definitely a weakness of mine that I am trying to turn into a strength by reaching out to those leading companies and requesting opportunities to intern or shadow as much as I can.
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I second Mounir, and fully agree with everything that he said. Construction is not an easy field to be in.
If you still have your options open, try other fields, possibly IT, or telecommunications. The medical field is a great choice.
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2 replies by Andrew Bell and Mohamad Fararjeh
Oct 05, 2017 12:00 PM
Andrew Bell
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@Mohamad, I definitely understand Construction is not an easy career to be in, but that actually makes it more exciting for me as I cannot be in a field and not be challenged. Though IT, telecommunications, and the medical field are great, I feel that it'll take my focus away from Construction and Development
Oct 05, 2017 12:15 PM
Mohamad Fararjeh
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I wish you the very best.
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Andrew-
I congratulate you on your pursuit of your MBA, I admit I never found the time having jumped into the Construction business right out of College to pay for my student loans.
I would respectfully suggest you obtain your Certified General Contractor License as soon as possible. Also, the PMP should be on your list of goals-it is much easier to obtain than the Fl CGC license.
As a college grad you only need 2? yrs of experience to qualify. I have seen many "assistant PM" positions advertised in your area of South Florida. Talk to a local general Contractor and relate your request to the Boss/Owner of the firm. I think you will be surprised to find that my generation of Contractors is eager to mentor candidates in your position. I have mentored and assisted in the creation of 6 CGC's in the Palm Beach County area during my career. They worked very hard for me, and I worked very hard to mentor and prod them to become successful Contractors. I am very proud of that stat!
Back to your original Point- the CGC License will get you the respect you require to fast track your construction career, as a PM or more.
Good Luck!
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1 reply by Andrew Bell
Oct 05, 2017 12:06 PM
Andrew Bell
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@Mark, Thank you! the GC License is definitely in my vision to obtain along with my CAPM. I have definitely reached out to a lot of companies, but never attempted to reach out to GC's for mentorship. I will actually find time to do that today.

I would love to further discuss this with you, I do not live that far from Palm Beach. Would you be willing to introduce me to your GC peers as I would love to shadow them? We can also discuss potential mentorship opportunities? drewbell20@gmail.com
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Oct 04, 2017 11:53 PM
Replying to Mounir Ajam
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Good day

Andrew, the first thing I will tell you is the following: you must be patient. To be a PM in the construction industry you will need many years of experience in this industry, even with an MBA. So do not expect the PM title soon.

If you want to work in this industry, you have to identify leading companies if you can, and it is likely you will join in planning or estimating - not a PM. If your bachelor is in engineering, you might get a filed or site engineer assignment.
@Mounir I am actually obtaining my CAPM this month. My exam is on the 24th. Patience is definitely a weakness of mine that I am trying to turn into a strength by reaching out to those leading companies and requesting opportunities to intern or shadow as much as I can.
Network:20



Oct 05, 2017 12:15 AM
Replying to Mohamad Fararjeh
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I second Mounir, and fully agree with everything that he said. Construction is not an easy field to be in.
If you still have your options open, try other fields, possibly IT, or telecommunications. The medical field is a great choice.
@Mohamad, I definitely understand Construction is not an easy career to be in, but that actually makes it more exciting for me as I cannot be in a field and not be challenged. Though IT, telecommunications, and the medical field are great, I feel that it'll take my focus away from Construction and Development
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Oct 05, 2017 2:51 AM
Replying to MARK A ANNUNZIATA, Sr
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Andrew-
I congratulate you on your pursuit of your MBA, I admit I never found the time having jumped into the Construction business right out of College to pay for my student loans.
I would respectfully suggest you obtain your Certified General Contractor License as soon as possible. Also, the PMP should be on your list of goals-it is much easier to obtain than the Fl CGC license.
As a college grad you only need 2? yrs of experience to qualify. I have seen many "assistant PM" positions advertised in your area of South Florida. Talk to a local general Contractor and relate your request to the Boss/Owner of the firm. I think you will be surprised to find that my generation of Contractors is eager to mentor candidates in your position. I have mentored and assisted in the creation of 6 CGC's in the Palm Beach County area during my career. They worked very hard for me, and I worked very hard to mentor and prod them to become successful Contractors. I am very proud of that stat!
Back to your original Point- the CGC License will get you the respect you require to fast track your construction career, as a PM or more.
Good Luck!
M
@Mark, Thank you! the GC License is definitely in my vision to obtain along with my CAPM. I have definitely reached out to a lot of companies, but never attempted to reach out to GC's for mentorship. I will actually find time to do that today.

I would love to further discuss this with you, I do not live that far from Palm Beach. Would you be willing to introduce me to your GC peers as I would love to shadow them? We can also discuss potential mentorship opportunities? drewbell20@gmail.com
Network:246



Oct 05, 2017 12:15 AM
Replying to Mohamad Fararjeh
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I second Mounir, and fully agree with everything that he said. Construction is not an easy field to be in.
If you still have your options open, try other fields, possibly IT, or telecommunications. The medical field is a great choice.
I wish you the very best.
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1 reply by Andrew Bell
Oct 05, 2017 12:26 PM
Andrew Bell
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Thank you Mohamad!
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Oct 05, 2017 12:15 PM
Replying to Mohamad Fararjeh
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I wish you the very best.
Thank you Mohamad!
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Andrew-
I have accepted your contact request. I am trying to limit my Contacts to Practical Construction Project Managers who have directed field activities and teams. Since you could become one of those I accepted.
If you check out my info you will see I am currently overseas in Saudi Arabia. Typically, I am contacted when a Project requires a "re-orientation", usually behind schedule with Teams lacking Technical skills in key areas.
I am sure I will be returning to Palm Beach County soon, however you can contact me via e-mail on this site.
Stay Focused! No Drama! Have Fun! --(My Project Management Team mottos)
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Hello Andrew,
You need atleast 3-6 yrs of Practical knowledge in the Construction field and practical knowledge will enhance your Project Management skills that are required to become a Project Manager.

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