2 Keys to Jump Start Your Career

Filed in Membership, Student Chapters by on May 16, 2018 0 Comments
Clint Ethington

Clint Ethington and NAHB Field Rep Mary Byrnes at the HBA of Tri-Cities.

As a construction management major at Brigham Young University, Clint Ethington knew there were two key steps to launching his career: getting involved in his community and building his professional network. But where to start?

“I saw others in my class having fun in this student chapter club and getting great experience. I wanted to have that same experience and become better prepared to enter the industry after graduation,” he recalled.

So Ethington joined BYU’s NAHB student chapter as a senior and assumed the role of its 2017 president.

He quickly got the experience he was seeking. Ethington led the chapter’s community outreach project of building a playhouse to benefit a local children’s hospital. And he participated in NAHB’s Student Competition at the International Builders’ Show. 

“Home building for me is so much more then pouring a foundation, putting up walls or managing a schedule. It’s about relationships,” he said.

Members of BYU’s student chapter continued building these relationships by attending the Utah Valley HBA meetings, where they met industry professionals and began networking. “It was easy to start seeing the benefits of becoming a member of the local HBA and NAHB,” Ethington said.

When he landed a job as project manager and superintendent for Brett Lott Homes, a single-family builder in Burbank, Wash., Ethington joined the HBA of Tri-Cities and once again got involved right away. He’s currently on the membership committee and has already recruited one new member.

Ethington’s advice to other students looking to get a jump start on their careers: “Start early and start now! Go help out at Habitat for Humanity, or put in the time and run for office in that student chapter you thought looked interesting. Give of yourself and it will come back to you tenfold!”

NAHB has made it easy for student alumni to join their local HBAs with an alumni membership category. Students who were members of NAHB-affiliated student chapters can remain members of NAHB at a reduced rate for their first three years after graduation from a secondary or post-secondary school.

Learn more about joining NAHB as an alumni, or contact Greg Zick.

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