Last Friday, IDEA seniors Malek Bussey, Karlton Carroll, Kyeon Ford, James Gant, Alisa Gibbs, Anthony McGill, and DeAndre Williams spent part of their school day learning how to get a job.
Members of Associated Builders and Contractors, a national construction industry trade association, have long volunteered as mentors for Academy of Construction and Design scholars. This particular field trip focused on helping scholars review and revise their resumes with an eye toward applying to construction industry positions.
Working in the industry and attending college are by no means mutually exclusive, explained ACAD Director Shelly Karriem. "Many of our students work their way through college with these jobs. Some students go to college and during every vacation they come home and have a job waiting for them. Some students receive guidance from their employers about what they might study in school to advance their construction and design industry career prospects after graduation."
ACAD scholars met with ABC members from all aspects of the profession, including human resources, government affairs, event planning, and information technology, in addition to what scholars may think of as traditional construction careers. "Working with all these different kinds of professionals gives them more perspectives on career options," Karriem said.