Name: Chauntel Bergstrom

Age: 23

Profession: Assistant Project Manager

Education: Graduated from NDSU in 2018 with a Bachelors in Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration

How did you become interested in the construction industry?

I applied to NDSU my senior year of high school as an undecided major. Determined to find a major that showcased my talents and abilities, I spent the months prior to freshman orientation talking with family and friends to learn more about what their careers entailed.  After speaking with a family friend who was a superintendent for a general contractor, he told me about the perks of being in construction. Some of these included:

· ability to travel

· flexibility to choose a variety of career paths

· opportunity to work with new owners and subcontractors (networking)

· learning hands-on from different trades such as: electricians, plumbers, carpenters, masons, landscapers, earthwork contractors, etc.

· working on new projects (projects can last from 1 month to 3+ years)

· great pay

· ability to work in the office, field, or both

· never doing the same repetitive task as each project is different/ every day you could be doing different tasks day to day

 All of these traits of construction sounded like something that I was interested in. So at my freshman orientation I enrolled in the Construction Management classes at NDSU.

What is your favorite thing about construction?

My favorite aspect of construction is you never have the same day to day activities.  Some of the daily changes might include: work on a new project, building relationships with new clients, or coordinating with new subcontractors. 

What advice would you give to someone who is undecided about their career options?

A construction career path has the ability to be as flexible or obstinate as you choose.  Whether you choose to be in the field for any trade or in the office supporting the field staff there is always ability to grow yourself within construction.  There is a wide variety of career paths that are directly related to the construction industry including: mechanical, electrical, plumbing, carpenter, safety, or business.