I went to school to become a high school French teacher. Despite this fact, my first real job was for a construction company. With absolutely no industry experience, I began as an office intern. As I learned and got my footing, my role evolved. I quickly became adept at project planning, scheduling and maintaining our fleet as I was the lead point of contact for subcontractors. The internship opened my eyes to an entirely different career in an industry I had not previously considered.
One summer, it was my responsibility to locate, interview, and ultimately hire a few seasonal students to work alongside the company’s concrete crew. I ended up hiring two students. I was confident in their abilities even though neither had any experience in manual labour or even in construction. It was their enthusiasm, their energy, and their determination that convinced me. I just had a gut feeling.
And I was right. The students both made it through the summer. In fact, one student returned to the company after graduating, hired as a curb machine operator.
How great is that? How amazing is it that we can work in an industry where success can be largely dependent on hard work and enthusiasm?
While I’m not saying that it will be an easy journey, or that it doesn’t require any training or education, I am saying that at the end of the day, it’s a strong work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile that can drive your career forward.
Much like me, these students stumbled into the industry and got hooked. How amazing is it to get the opportunity to build your career with your own bare hands?