Welcome to the family: A message from Avree Bujaczek (CPM '15)
I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT SAIT CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER and I couldn't be more proud to call it my Alma Mater.
When I came to Calgary, I knew fewer people than what I could count on one hand, so starting off in a small class at SAIT helped me to feel comfortable in such a big, fast-paced city. Since then, it's incredible to see how much my network has grown over the years thanks to the industry connections I made as a student. I had the pleasure of being part of the first graduating class from SAIT's Bachelor of Science Construction Project Management (CPM) program in 2015.
Cue the economy crash.
Internship offers I had been given a mere 12 months earlier turned into zero offers for a full-time position. However, the professional connections I had made helped me land a two-month contract position. Fast-forward three years and I currently hold a full-time position as a field coordinator with PCL Construction Management Ltd. I also enjoy giving back to SAIT and industry through my role on the Program Advisory Committee for the CPM program and as chair of the Calgary Construction Association's Young Construction Leaders Committee.
It might sound like things really fell into place and have been easy for me, but that hasn't always been the case. Before my time at SAIT, I had failed out of university and was in a job I saw no future in.
I could never have imagined I would be where I am today.
My advice to you is to surprise yourself. Recognize opportunities as they come to you and don't be afraid to take a risk! Be proud of where you came from and speak up about where you would like to go. If you can get your foot in the door with an opportunity, take it! You never know where it will get you. And while you're out there being amazing, don't forget those who have helped you along the way and be sure to give back in whatever way you can.
Best of luck to you!
Avree Bujaczek (Construction Project Management '15, Outstanding Young Alumni '17)
Field Coordinator, PCL Construction Management LTD
Chair, Calgary Construction Association's Young Construction Leaders Committee