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(DEV-1628) A Recent College Graduate’s Experience in the Estimating Profession

Primary Author: Mr. James William Cain III

Audience Focus: Basic
Application Type: Application
Venue: 2014 AACE International Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA

Abstract: With a forecasted career growth of 36 percent by 2020 and a declining workforce, it is important for the estimating profession to continually attract and retain current and recent college graduates. Training young professionals to perform capital project estimates is crucial to prepare for the upcoming wave of project work, particularly in the Gulf Coast region. This paper provides insight into beginning a career in estimating, both from the author’s perspective and through interviews with other young professionals. Suggestions to grow and retain this developing pool of talent, based on the author’s personal experience, are discussed in detail.