Construction Over Finance for a Career in Development?
A bit left field here given that this is mainly a finance forum, but has anyone interested in CRE, and more specifically development, given serious thought to starting their career in a construction role as opposed to something more traditional like AM or IS?
Seems to me that if you're entrepreneurial and hope to own run your own shop one day, having the construction experience would not only save you a few points on the cost side of things, but give you a better understanding of the development process itself. To clarify, I mean by either managing the projects yourself, or having the knowledge to bring people into the fold that will run them properly. To me, this has much more long term value than most other positions.
I am currently in my third year of a co-op program (5 years total) and see more value in pursuing entry level roles in construction as opposed to the finance side. I say this hoping to go into development one day.