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Construction career fair set for Tuesday

Workers show students in the Reese Construction Management Program how to pour and finish a concrete foundation in Tyrell Park.
Workers show students in the Reese Construction Management Program how to pour and finish a concrete foundation in Tyrell Park.

The College of Business and the Center for Career and Professional Development will host a Construction Career Fair, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, on the eighth floor of Gray Library.

The construction career fair allows students interested in construction management to meet and network with employers in an interactive forum. Students should dress business casual and have multiple copies of their résumé for the event.

“It’s open to any Lamar student, especially if they are general studies students who are unsure of what they want to do and want to see what it’s about,” Angie Thomas, associate director at the Center for Career and Professional Development, said. “This is a great platform to figure that out and see if maybe construction management is for them.”

Companies from Beaumont and surrounding areas will send representatives to talk to students about different types of jobs available in the construction industry.

“Students can learn more about the different types of construction industries — commercial, home, petrochemical, etc.,” Thomas said. “There are a lot of different components to construction, so there will be a variety of different industries where they can learn a little bit more about them.”

Students will be separated into groups and spend 10 to 15 minutes with representatives from each company, Thomas said. She recommends students arrive promptly as the format is structured, but late arrivals will be admitted.

  “Every student will get the opportunity to network and learn more about each company, and after that’s done, they can get dinner and sit with whoever they want,” she said. “A lot of the companies who attend the event regularly bring their alum with them — so that makes it a little bit easier for the students. They may recognize them and make that connection.”

The companies scheduled to attend the event are DezTex Industrial Services LLC, H.B. Neild & Sons, Inc., ISC Constructors LLC, Mason Construction, Ltd., Oldcastle Materials Central Division, Orion Marine Group, Spawglass, Sunland Construction, Trans-Global Solutions, Inc. and Verdigris Homes.

The event is a great way for current and prospective construction management students to learn about internship and job opportunities, Thomas said.

“A lot of these companies come and look for interns or full-time employees, and their interns usually end up getting hired on,” she said. “Almost all of the students who graduate in the construction management program already have a job lined up. The construction management program has a placement rate of 100 percent, so every student who graduates has a job by the end.”

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Story by Abigail Pennington, UP contributor

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