Leaning Forward: Best Practices for a Successful Professional Career

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Michael Kaleda
·Published on:June 10, 2022
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From Getting Started to Thriving as a Supervisor
The architecture/engineering/construction (AEC)industry will experience a prolonged period of sustained expansion as construction activity in the infrastructure, technology, and housing sectors grow to meet the needs of society.  This will lead to new and exciting opportunities for professionals at all levels.

The demand for experienced and qualified professionals in the AEC industry is expanding quicker than anytime in the past 60 years.  Owners, consultants, contractors, and vendors will be vying for top-notch highly qualified professionals to meet their staffing demands.  Over the next ten years the “baby boomer” generation in the United States (those born 1946 – 1964) will have largely left full-time employment status resulting in significant opportunities for younger professionals to advance in their careers.  Will you be ready to move into positions of greater responsibility and further your career?

Join us as GBRI’s Executive Director, Michael J. Kaleda, P.E., introduces our Leaning Forward Mentorship program; designed to put participants on a track to being ready for those opportunities.

GBRI’s Leaning Forward Mentorship Program
Developed and delivered by Michael Kaleda, who is a career program/construction management executive with 40+ years of federal, state, and local government experience, managing military, school, and transportation projects.  He has a track record of organizing, leading, and managing teams to execute projects with favorable results. Our Leaning Forward program consists of five modules and is offered in three tiers: (1) entry level to 10 years’ experience; (2) mid-level managers and (3) “C” level executives.  Michael will cover material that every AEC professional needs to know to be successful, grow professionally, and advance in their career.

Timeline, Objectives & Agenda

  • Getting started – what are the essential elements to establishing a career foundation?
    Module I topics include professional ethics and integrity, teamwork, visibility, initiative, and work/life balance.
  • Every successful professional spends time, outside of their job, “caring for and feeding” their career. 
    Under Module II you will learn continuous improvement strategies necessary to stand out from your peers.
  • Are you the communicator you need to be to persuade others to accept your ideas? 
    Module III focuses entirely on communication skills with an emphasis on public speaking and why pre-speech jitters are good for you.
  • Module IV content includes customer care, value-added contributions, and risk management.
  • Finally, based on feedback from previous program attendees Module V covers material you need to know before you move into a supervisor role.  You will learn why the skills needed to get you to this point are different from the skills needed to thrive as a supervisor.

Interested in signing up for our Leaning Forward Mentorship Program? Register today! Know another professional or company that may be interested? Don’t forget to share with them!

Leaning Forward: Best Practices for a Successful Professional Career Series: https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/leaning-forward-best-practices-for-a-successful-professional-career-series/

Michael Kaleda

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