McKinstry is a proud supporter of the Skills that Shine mentorship program offered through the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS), which provides both scholarships and mentoring for college students from low- and middle-income households majoring in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
As part of the program, I’ve volunteered as a mentor for several talented scholars—sharing my experiences and coaching them as they transition towards a professional career. Over a similar period, McKinstry’s engineering department has hired a robust cadre of young engineers who are each uniquely talented and passionate about delivering high-performing buildings for our clients.
The infusion of young talent—combined with a deep bench of experienced engineers—has paid serious dividends for our engineering team. As we continue to grow, recruiting just the right people to contribute to this culture can be tricky, especially in Seattle’s competitive labor market. Working with the WSOS scholars and sitting in on some recent interviews prompted me to think about what I’ve learned from some of my co-workers who’ve deeply impressed me.