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Real estate services firm to visit campus to recruit students for internships, jobs

By Barry Seawright
On January 27, 2012

On Feb. 1, recruiters from Jones Lang LaSalle will be on Tuskegee University's campus in search of candidates for positions in construction project management, facility management and other real estate positions. Graduating seniors slated to earn their bachelor's degrees in accounting, architecture, business, engineering or construction management are encouraged to apply.

Jones Lang LaSalle is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. Commercial real estate itself can be classified as property that is used solely for business purposes. Within LaSalle, however, they work with the individuals and their property, turning the idea into a fully developed plan.

"We're looked at as advisers. We help owners develop the scope of their project with the budget and schedules," said Patrick Davis, vice president of project and development services for LaSalle. "We take them through the entirety of their construction development project. Our whole goal is to bring their vision to fruition,"

Davis, a Tuskegee University alumnus, was introduced to LaSalle through an informational they held at the university in 2003. A construction management major at the time, he was recruited by Bruce Kimbrew, a managing director at LaSalle, who is also a Tuskegee alumnus.

"Someone paved the way and made an opportunity for me," Davis said. "Going back to my alma mater and creating opportunities for students is really important."

Recruiters will pick the best interviewees from their campus visit and invite them to a final round of interviews at the firm's headquarters in Chicago. It will be during this time that the students will see how LaSalle operates in a day-to-day fashion, as well get a chance to meet several key executives.

Davis hopes to give back to his alma mater by aiding in the employment search of several graduating seniors who display organization, analytical ability, and great communication skills.

"We're looking for managers and leaders," he said.

Students should not feel discouraged about applying just because the job titles are assistant general manager or associate project manager. Davis encourages students to do research on the firm and be able to differentiate between a contractor, owner's representative, and construction manager.

"We understand that a student won't hit the ground running immediately from day one. But we are looking for natural leaders with great communication skills," he said.

Davis notes that Jones Lang LaSalle is a company that recognizes the need for diversity in the growing business. He said he also recognizes the disproportionate amount of black people within the commercial real estate business, citing a lack of knowledge about the field as one of the biggest deterrents.

"There aren't that many schools that offer majors in commercial real estate," he said. "So, a lot of people come up not really knowing about the opportunities."

Students interested in interviewing with Jones Lang LaSalle representatives should contact the Career Development and Placement Services Center in Carnegie Hall (Third Floor) and submit their resumes prior to the interviewing process on Feb. 1. A career center representative can be contacted at 334-727-8255.

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