It’s been a while since I updated the blog, so I figured it’s probably time to do it. I have a lot of updates. Since December, I’ve been searching for jobs, mostly in Albany, New York. As I mentioned, I spoke to the owner of a paving company called Perfect Pave. He was very nice and invited me in for an interview, but as we spoke, I noticed that it wasn’t a good fit based on numbers of the hours required. After the interview, the owner referred me to a concrete company called Albany Concrete Contractors, also located downtown. Albany Concrete Contractors is a concrete installation and repair company that builds and fixes driveways, sidewalks, walkways, patios, porches, steps, and retaining walls. Their website, www.albanyconcretecontractors.com, covers all the concrete services they offer in depth. It sounded very interesting, more so than paving because it has an element of creativity. I could picture myself helping build a homeowner’s backyard patio. I think it would be kind of cool to be able to say that I helped someone set up their dream outdoor kitchen barbecue in the backyard. Installing walkways sounded interesting too. Some Albany homes use brick pavers, while others prefer concrete slabs. After we install the foundation and main layers, we could apply decorative concrete textures to the surface to spruce things up a bit.
After browsing the website for a half hour and trying to picture myself working there, I decided to apply. Their new applicant process was much faster, taking only 4 days to get back to me. I was invited in for an interview on Friday, June 14th. I met with the owner, 2 of the concrete contractors, and one of the vice presidents. Overall, the interview went very well. I’d be in a learning phase for about a week, shadowing different jobs to learn the process. Then, I’d be tasked with minor elements to slowly work my way up to running the project from start to finish after a few months. My official start date with Albany Concrete Contractors is July 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM. I’m excited to start, but I think the coolest thing I’ve noticed so far is that the dress code is casual! Where else can you do that? Nowhere I know of in the Capital District. If I had known concrete repair was like this, I would have jumped on it sooner.