Meet Gene

Career Changer
Howard County

I started a job in construction immediately after graduating from high school and worked in the industry for several years. However, for the past 10 years I have been a manager for a family-owned restaurant. The restaurant was recently sold, leaving me to look for a new job. I decided to re-enter the construction industry.

Re-entering the construction industry was scary. I didn’t think that I could easily use the skills and expertise that I gained as a restaurant manager anywhere else, but a job in construction is the perfect fit for me. Construction companies want people that work hard and work smart.  My years in the restaurant business honed my management and people skills.  I am now a Project Manager Trainee for a Baltimore-area commercial construction company. I realized a few things about the construction industry that will help me and anyone looking to enter or re-enter the construction industry: 

1.      I need to stay up-to-date on available certifications so that I remain competitive in the field.

2.      Community colleges are a great resource to take classes relevant to the construction industry.

3.      A good network is essential and can help me stay current on developments within the field.

I feel fortunate that there are so many opportunities for someone like me in the construction industry. Even though I have been away for 10 years, I can still use the skills that I gained to start a new career.