Experienced construction worker adds project management to his resume

Category: Student Profiles

Student spotlight – Ahmad Younes

With a passion for construction and experience in the industry, international student Ahmad Younes arrived at Durham College (DC) last fall with the goal of developing a new skillset.

Working as a coordinator and supervisor on a number of construction jobs showed the native of Lebanon just how critical project management is, and he knew that deepening his knowledge of the field would only make him more valuable to employers.

Embarking on the journey of an international student, he found that choosing his destination was easy.

“Durham College has a reputation for providing excellent education in project management,” he said. “I was impressed with the welcoming environment, modern amenities, and opportunity to work on practical assignments that allowed me to use my theoretical knowledge in real-world situations.”

From the first day of class in the Project Management (graduate certificate) program, he immersed himself in his new surroundings and embraced every opportunity to learn.

His commitment did not go unnoticed by his professors.

“You know right away when students will do well in your class. Ahmad was one of those students,” said Sylvie Edwards, Professor and Program Coordinator. “He started laying the foundation for his career almost as soon as he started our program. He is not waiting for the next opportunity; he is making his next opportunity.”

In addition to excelling in his studies, he went the extra mile and secured both the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certifications. Offered by Project Management Institute, they signal to employers that he has the knowledge and expertise they’re looking for.

His hard work has paid off, as he has already secured a new job as a construction project coordinator that he’ll be starting soon. In addition to his previous experience in the role, he’ll bring his newfound skills in project management. He credits the program with improving his abilities in communication and collaboration, as well as encouraging him to be more flexible and adaptable to the changing requirements that inevitably crop up in any project.

“The program has really shifted my focus towards the importance of teamwork and collaboration in achieving project success,” he said. “It’s shown me how vital it is to work closely with others, pooling our skills and ideas to get the job done right.”

Skilled project managers are needed in every industry, from construction to hospitality to entertainment and beyond. The applications are limitless, making this program a great choice for new students.

Our program is full of individuals like Ahmad who have decided to add project management to an already wide array of experiences and education,” said Edwards. “Experience gained in our program helps solidify a candidate’s profile when they show up at an employer’s doorstep.”

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