Many incoming students may be curious on how to excel in the Construction Management program. There are some obvious ways, such as attending class and doing the assigned work, and then some other not so obvious ways. This should help you figure out what is best for you to expand your knowledge and succeed in Wentworth’s CM program.
So, first things first, attend classes and pay attention. Easy enough, right? Sometimes you may not want to go to that 8am, but remember you are paying to go to class and the topic in that class is important for your future career. It’s not as simple as just going to class, you need to pay attention and do the work in front of you. That includes taking notes, participating in class, asking questions, and doing the homework. Now, it’s not just about finishing up an assignment as quickly as possible. Take your time and learn the information in front of you. Don’t memorize it for the test to immediately forget it afterwards, study and learn the material so you can retain as much as you can. The subjects and lessons are important, and they are used in the office or field after you graduate, so it’s good to try and absorb as much as possible.
Doing well in class and learning that information is obviously helpful and is a great start to succeeding as a CM student, but there are additional ways to expand your knowledge outside of classes. This is where the CM Club comes in. The club offers a plethora of ways to learn and do more with the construction industry. We offer several opportunities to go on site visits to see different types of construction sites, how each one is organized and operates slightly different from one to the next, and to see what you’ve been learning about in class in the field. Site visits also allow you to ask questions to the professionals that work on the site about the project.
Another way of learning outside of class is by attending the CM Club sponsored conference trips. We attend Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), and many other construction conferences in different states across the United States. Each conference is slightly different, but they all have lectures on different topics dealing with the construction industry and networking events. Industry professionals attend these conferences to stay on top of the newest information in the industry and continue their learning. Networking time slots encourage professionals to mingle with one another, but is also a great experience for students, as well. These people would be working for a company that you want to work for someday and is a great way to get your foot in the door. Many students have received contact information for co-op opportunities by networking at these conferences.
The Construction Management Club has several other methods to expand your knowledge of the construction industry. These include, but are not limited to: guest speakers, competitions, charity events, and more. Guest speakers consist of industry professionals visiting Wentworth to speak about specific topics dealing with the construction industry. This is a great way to learn more about certain subjects you may be interested in or a way to speak to an industry professional about what they do or to ask any questions about what they do. As for the competitions and charity events, the CM Club is involved in CANstruction, which is a competition to create a themed can food sculpture to help raise hunger awareness in Boston, MA.
The CM club has also partnered with Freedom by Design to help build a new summer camp cabin for the YMCA. These are just two of the many activities that the CM Club offers to students. Please visit the website or attend a meeting to learn more about what this club offers. Participating in CM Club events helps students take the information taught in class and allows them to see how it’s used in the field and enables students to learn about topics that may not be available to learn in class.
Written by Andrea Fredericks (Vice President – Acting)