My dad was a general contractor, so I was raised in the industry. During high school, I worked for my dad’s company for a few years before heading to college. I then pursued a paralegal degree and a legal career. After two jobs in that industry, I knew that my real love was the construction industry and that I wanted to go back. I have been working for general contractors, subcontractors, and a development company for over 30+ years.
I am currently the Design Administration Manager for Harper Construction, a Design Build General Contractor, and have been there for 16 years. Prior to my current role, I worked in various positions including Executive Assistant, Project Coordinator, and Small Business Liaison Office. As part of our Design Department, I assist with all design and project closeout documents as well as submissions to owners. I also work with architects, engineers, and other consultants.
Knowing what I know now, I'd recommend: Getting a good education and going for a four-year degree program early, while you're still young. Learn as much as you can before getting into full-time work or having a family. People with architect or engineering degrees are in demand and an asset to have. Also, any other extra training such as scheduling, LEED, or BIM is an asset to know.