Laying the groundwork for a fulfilling and successful career in the construction industry
A strong foundation is essential in the construction industry for multiple reasons, both metaphorically and literally. Laying the groundwork for a long and rewarding career in the industry might take a little time but once it’s properly done, the sky is the limit. Building a foundation for a lasting and fulfilling career in construction requires a combination of education, skills, experience, and professional development.
How do I get started?
One of the best ways to build a strong foundation for your construction career is through education. Traditional two and four-year college degrees in fields like construction management, engineering, and architecture, are a great option and can be helpful when you pursue management or leadership roles.
For most entry-level positions, companies offer journeyman apprenticeships and mentorships to teach you the industry with on-the-job training, helping you develop carpentry, welding, electrical work, and even project management skills.
Create your own career path
While having a degree related to the construction field can be beneficial, Mortenson has many people who have degrees in other fields like Finance, Political Science, Real Estate, and even Art History as well as many people who don’t have formal degrees. Mortenson offers apprenticeships so you can learn on the job, as well as positions with growth opportunities that require equivalent experience to a degree, because we believe there is a leader in everyone, no matter what their background is.
Our inclusive culture encourages individuality, and every person is part of the innovation Mortenson brings to the construction industry. Mortenson team members continue to bring their authentic selves to work every day and the shared value of Inspire What's Possible is just one of the many reasons we remain one of the top 20 builders in the US.
Connections with others in the field
By investing in your education, developing your skills, gaining experience, and participating in professional development, you can build a successful career in construction.
More importantly, each of these creates connections with others who are in the field, and by connecting with others, you expand your professional network and open doors to new opportunities. Whether it’s a career in the construction industry, or building a brand-new NFL stadium, a strong foundation is essential for long-term success.