If you are planning a career in the construction industry, particularly if you want to become a construction management professional, then it can help to start preparing early, even if you’re still studying in high school. There are a number of class selections that could help you in your construction manager training, and even something as simple as getting more information from a college will help you to mentally prepare for the course.
Here’s a quick guide from the team at ITI Technical College, to help you know what you can do before you enroll in a construction project management program.
Can High School Classes Prepare You for Construction Management Training?
Although you won’t be able to take a specific construction management class at senior high, there are some other classes that can help. Computer classes will be essential for familiarizing yourself with the functions of an operating system and a basic productivity suite. In construction management, you’ll be using the software on a daily basis, so learning programs like Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word can be helpful once you start studying for your degree.
Shop classes can also help you to better understand some of the processes used in construction. Even though you won’t be performing any of the physical construction work as a project manager, you’ll still need to coordinate teams, select materials, and tools, and sign off on construction methods that will be used to deliver a project. A background in shop classes can help you to more easily understand the terminology and specific techniques that will be used.
Graphics / Drafting classes can also be helpful, so if you have the opportunity to take these classes in your senior year of high school, make sure that you do so. In training and once you start working, you’ll work with documents and diagrams that use technical drawings and CAD designs. Getting early exposure to these types of drawings will make it much easier to grasp advanced concepts once you start studying for your degree.
If you’re in doubt about any of the elective classes that you take in senior high school, then it can be a good idea to speak to your school guidance counselor. Let them know that you’re interested in studying a construction project management program, and they’ll be able to help you choose the best classes that will get you on the right path.
What if You’re Already Enrolled to Start Training at ITI Technical College?
If you’ve already enrolled at ITI Technical College, then you might be wondering how soon you should start preparing. The simple answer, of course, is right now!
It’s never too early to start preparing for your training, and the sooner you start, the more comfortable you will feel once you start studying. Requirements of the program can change from year to year, but we’ll let you know in advance about any materials and stationery supplies that you need to bring with you. Even with that aside, you still need to make sure that you’re mentally prepared for the program.
Two years of intensive learning will require focus and dedication. You need to make sure that you are fully committed to studying, and this might mean reducing some extracurricular activities that could distract you during your training. Remember, the investment in time and focus that you make now will continue to pay off for the rest of your career. Preparing yourself to allocate more time to learning and studying is just a small sacrifice to make, and it’s one that you’ll be proud of when you graduate with your Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Construction Management.
To put it simply, you should start preparing as early as possible. If you need some extra advice on getting ready for the upcoming program start, then don’t hesitate to call us today.
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