My name is Matthew Jacobson and I am currently studying Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration at Drexel University. I am actively giving back to the community through various community service projects and volunteering opportunities. As I look to graduate in June of 2017, I am doing all I can to best prepare myself for my career within the construction industry.
Construction is always happening in the city of Philadelphia and there is no where one can look and not see it happening. Understanding how a construction site functions and operates is key in the world today. Without construction, there would be no opportunity or growth in the world today. Working for Allan Myers, formerly known as American Infrastructure, has been a true eye opener and has presented some great opportunities for me. I was first introduced to Allan Myers through one of the company managers as a freshman in college, Gordon Bryan, who has particularly served as a mentor for me throughout my time working for Allan Myers. Gordon did not only ask what my interests are, but wanted to know more of what I thought the industry was about. He not only opened my eyes to how large and vast the industry is, but also how there is always a chance to learn and grow as a person and a professional. At that point, I knew this was something I was interested in. I was given the opportunity to not only interview with managers from the Pennsylvania office, but also the Maryland office. Allan Myers wanted to ensure that when they were to offer me a position to intern with them, it was the right fit for my goals and expectations.
Throughout my two co-op cycles, one full year, with Allan Myers, I was given the opportunity to both work in the field and in the office. Being exposed to both the field and office gave me a better understanding of how much work goes into one project from the bid all the way through the project completion. Having to work side by side with other contractors and subs, while managing our in-house crews really put into perspective how valuable the degree I am working for is and that the construction industry is the perfect fit for me. Construction is and will always be going on no matter the economy’s status. Knowing there is always work to be done showed me this is the perfect path to a successful career.
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