Meet Brittany

College student
Alleghany County                                                                                                                                                         

Why are you pursuing a career in construction?

I have always known that I wanted to be a lawyer, but I was not sure what area I wanted to go into. In one of my classes, we studied a case about a construction company that was being wrongly sued for breach of contract. It was then that I decided that I wanted to pursue a career as a lawyer in the construction industry. Many members of my family work in construction, so I feel like I already know the field. There are a lot of legal issues in any construction project like contracts and sub-contracts, permitting, financing and workplace safety, and I know there’s always a place for me!

What intrigues you most about the construction field?

The industry offers so many choices and opportunities that I don’t think I’ll ever get bored. I can learn so much about the law by working in construction, and I think that it will help me grow professionally. I enjoy the diversity of people within the industry and am looking forward to working with people from all walks of life. I also like that I will be able to see the results of my efforts. Most people only get to see on paper what they have done, but I will see real, tangible results.  There is nothing more exciting than going to a ground breaking or a ribbon cutting.

What advice do you have for those college students thinking about a career in construction?

Almost any profession fits in the construction industry. I thought that my career aspirations did not fit well with a career in construction, but my professors helped me see that I could be both a lawyer AND work in construction!