Career Connections: Getting Ready for Your Career 4   Western Reserve Public Media

Career Connections: Getting Ready for Your Career 4 is directed at middle school and high school students who are considering life choices. One such choice revolves around what career to pursue. What steps will they follow to make this important decision?

Construction Manager


Project managers have the responsibility of the planning, execution and closing of a project. It is their responsibility to make sure that things are done on time and correctly. Often many people are involved, so clear communication and careful planning are essential.

About the Video

Luis Gaitan is the Project Manager from Turner Construction Company. He starts at 7 a.m. and makes sure that all the drawings are made and that quality control, safety, change orders and installations are complete. He makes sure the budget is followed.

There can be hundreds of people involved in one project. This means communication is essential. Cell phones, walkie-talkies and sometimes ipods are necessary to make sure everyone is on the same page. Making and reading blueprints is an essential skill.

Watching projects get completed is one of the most rewarding parts of the job. Often new technology is needed for a building. The best reward is helping to create something that is going to help the community, like a hospital.

Luis has worked at Turner Construction for 20 years and it took him 15 years to become a project manager. His path to his current position began by taking college courses.

Planning and communication are essential tools to be successful in this position.

Based on this topic, what questions do you have and what additional information would you like in order to connect your interests and strengths to the careers and industries highlighted in the video?

During the Video: Take notes on information that stands out, poses additional questions for you, or that supports your existing ideas about the careers or industries in the video

Now that you’ve viewed the video, analyze whether the new information impacts your previous ideas or opinions about the careers or industries.

Are there new careers and industries you’d like to research and learn more about? Are there changes to your previous interests based on the new information you gained? How can you connect your current learning to the skills and strengths highlighted in the video?

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