Beyond the Classroom Video Series: The Benefit of Connecting with Industry Professionals

November 13, 2020
University of Missouri-Columbia mechanical engineering major Kylie Nedelka first learned about the MCAA GreatFutures program after hearing the association president speak to her class a few years ago. It was here Kylie realized the many benefits of being involved with the program. "Networking is by far the best thing you can do in your career,” Kylie said while stressing the importance of building a professional network.

University of Missouri-Columbia mechanical engineering major Kylie Nedelka first learned about the MCAA GreatFutures program after hearing the association president speak to her class a few years ago. It was here Kylie realized the many benefits of being involved with the program.

“Networking is by far the best thing you can do in your career,” Kylie said while stressing the importance of building a professional network. Using her networking skills, she has landed two internships with SIEMENS, a member of the MCAA Manufacturer/Supplier Council. Kylie landed her first internship opportunity at the 2018 GreatFutures Forum while riding on a bus to Disneyland, where she shared a seat and struck up a conversation with Kristin Junia, Program Manager at SIEMENS. The following day, Kylie made sure to stop by the SIEMENS booth at the forum’s career fair. This is where she could talk more in-depth with Kristin about her education and internship interests and was offered an internship on the spot.

We hope Kylie’s story inspires other students to put themselves out there and not be afraid to talk to and connect with people within the industry, as you never know where it will lead!

You can read more of Kylie’s story here.

Related Articles
The student chapter at Ball State University proudly nominated Dr. Sherif Attallah to be MCAA’s 2020 Educator of the Year because they believed he is more than qualified and deserving of this prestigious award, and MCAA’s Career Development Committee agreed. Here’s why.…
MCAA is so excited that our Virtual Education Conference (VEC) is almost here! Next week starts off with MCAA’s Annual Student Chapter Competition on Monday, March 22nd from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET and you will not want to miss it. Congratulations to our final four teams – Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kansas State University, Missouri State University and Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Campus. Get to know the final four teams before the big competition!…
MCAA was proud to have the opportunity to spotlight so many women in our industry this week on our social media channels in celebration of Women in Construction Week. Here's a recap of just some of the amazing talent that we have in our industry, in case you missed it!…
Ed Kommers, Executive Director of the MCA of Western Washington (MCAWW) announced that MCAWW Associate Director Robin Cowper was elected Chair of the local union-management apprenticeship (JATC) committee. She is the first woman chair and the first association executive to hold that position locally.…

Some of the SWAG arrived for the MEP Innovation Conference already. For those participating in the @TrimbleMEP social event on Monday, this nerdy custom Glencairn glass is one of your choices.

With the construction process adopting digital workflows, it's important to understand the impact on your business, including productivity gains & time saved due to new tools. MCAA’s 2021 MEP Innovations Conference, April 26-28, does just that! http://ow.ly/kZy250El2vQ

Tauhira Ali is more than a speaker at MEP Innovation Conference this year. She is helping to coordinate the conference from a NECA perspective with breakout sessions, roundtables and participation. Great speaker, better peer. https://www.mcaa.org/events/calendar/2021-mep-innovation-conference/

Load More...