John Gibberman will graduate this month with his B.B.A. in General Business with concentration in Construction Management and a minor in construction engineering. This summer, he served as an intern for American Constructors in Temple, receiving both the office and in-the-field experiences that a career in construction offers. Read about his journey in college that led him to a concentration in construction management and how the Rawls College helped him make that decision in the Q&A below.
Why did you choose Texas Tech and the Rawls College in particular?
I chose Texas Tech because of its strong reputation and competitive business school. I had friends that already went here, so that made the decision easier.
Why did you decide to pursue construction management and construction engineering?
I actually changed my major three times until I got into the construction management program. I've always been intrigued by construction, but I originally had not thought to make it my career. After realizing that finance wasn't for me, I decided to try construction. It wasn't until my construction management internship this summer that I realized I chose the right career path for me.
My minor is construction engineering, which is through the Whitacre College of Engineering. The classes are specific to the field of construction, and we learn about challenges and issues that we will come across in the field.
What do you love most about being a Rawls College student?
The thing I enjoy most about being a Rawls College student is the helpfulness from the professors and the advising team. Everybody at the Rawls College is here to help you reach your goals and is ready to give you assistance. The professors also have credible experience and use examples from their past jobs including things to look for and avoid.
How was your experience with your internship this summer?
During my internship with American Constructors, I worked both in the field and in the office. In the field, I learned about the day-to-day processes that go into building a successful structure. I also communicated directly with subcontractors to clear up any confusion in the drawings, conducted weekly safety checks, did manual labor and other random tasks assigned to me to ensure the job was running properly and efficiently. In the office, I did multiple tasks, including writing contracts, verifying submittals, conducting quantity checks on incoming steel and creating a schedule for the project's completion.
What do you hope to do for your career?
I hope to become a superintendent, whether it is for a commercial or residential construction company. Eventually, I would like to become my own contractor in the residential construction industry.
Do you have any advice for someone interested in studying construction management?
If you're a freshman or sophomore trying to figure out what you want to do, don't worry. Texas Tech and the Rawls College provide plenty of majors for practically any industry. It is important to find a major that suits you as a person. Don't be hesitant to switch majors into something that you would enjoy more. Even if it takes an extra semester or two to complete the degree, it is better than being stuck doing something that doesn't interest you.
For the construction management degree in particular, I would advise students to do an internship or get a foot in on a construction site some way, and they will figure out if they like it after the first few weeks.
To learn more about the construction management program, read a full story here.