Position: Jr Real Estate Developer at Lyon Living
Year of Graduation: 2016
Major/Emphasis: Business, Leadership
Current Project: www.livethefields.com
Could you describe what your job entails?
I work for the real estate developer Lyon Living, on a project in northern California. My current project, called “The Fields,” consists of four multi-use apartment buildings and a 200 room hotel. We are currently building the first apartment complex. I am responsible for managing contracts and billing. Additionally, I work as a liaison between vendors and contractors, and walk the construction site with my supervisors to check the status of the project and make sure we can work smoothly without any abrupt delays. I am also on the hiring panel for “The Fields” and will be responsible for interviewing prospective candidates and making hiring decisions for our team alongside HR. I am constantly checking our system for updates regarding the flow of communication between corporate and our project here in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley.
What is the most rewarding part of it?
I am so thankful that I am working in my dream job right after college and definitely believe the most rewarding part is having a chance to develop real estate for the American public. One of our corporate slogans is “Create The Amazing.” I get to use my talents and be heavily involved on a massive project where we are doing exactly that.
How did you find your job?
I networked like crazy, made tons of friends in the industry, found a mentor, took three internships, and made various phone calls and meetings. I constantly emailed developers over the period of a year and researched every day what real estate development meant to me. After being a decent candidate, I played my cards right and I was called by my now-friend Kelly, who is the HR recruiter at Lyon Living.
How did JPCatholic prepare you for your job?
JPCatholic really gave me the skills to be able to present myself and my ideas to people. For example, I have perfected the elevator pitch. I think the biggest thing I learned was that if I wanted to find a good job, I had to learn to network. I also learned valuable things such as how to be persuasive, how to ask for things, how to have confidence in a room, and how to always keep sight of my goals. As a person, JPCatholic has helped me push myself to be a mover and shaker. It was obvious that no one was going to hand me a job, let alone my dream job, so JPCatholic gave me the skills and ideas about what to do and how to do it. For example, I learned the art of interviewing and the handshake, things that helped me to stand out as a professional leader even at such a young age.
I will never be thankful enough for the school teaching me how to understand my Catholic faith and use it in my work and as a person. My faith really helps my personality to shine with joy and helps me love others as God wants us to do. JPCatholic taught me that at every moment God is directly behind me, whether I am in a bad or a good situation.
What did you enjoy most about your time at JPCatholic?
I enjoyed being so involved in the community and making so many connections, working for City Hall, running for school board, and being involved with Rotary. I also enjoyed having adoration and Mass every day and being able to talk to Fr. Timone for advice on everything. I liked going to the beach and loved San Diego and the ability to drive home on the weekends. I enjoyed my business professors and I am so thankful for Professor Mignone’s guidance. I miss Mrs. Barber’s advice on morality and Dr. Barber’s advice on prayer.