Frank Rosales started in the construction industry as a teenager helping his dad. Although he took a few detours, construction remained something he was interested in. Frank's career path shows various opportunities that are available in the industry. PullQuote-Helper“At 15 years old, my dad, who was an industrial carpenter, would take me on his jobs as a helper so that I could learn a little bit about the trade. I did this for three years until I turned 18 years old. I stopped working in the construction trade and decided to join my high school's Shell Youth Training Academy program.” While attending their program, Frank learned how to utilize computer programs and worked on his soft skills. He interviewed and was placed directly in Shell's corporate office, working as an administrative assistant for three years. “I continued being an administrative assistant but changed industries and began working with home builders in Houston. When the 2008 recession hit, I found myself out of a job for eight months,” he recalled. “Then in May 2009, I became a legal assistant and moved up to become a paralegal with a local law firm." After years of working in corporate, Frank admitted, “When I decided to leave my job as a paralegal six years later, I was looking for a change of environment and wanted to pursue something else in a different field. I signed up to begin working on a Construction Management Degree at Houston Community College.” While in school, he worked two jobs, seven days a week. One job was a Starbucks part-time and the other at a custom home builder. Frank was then offered a full-time contractual position where he became an AutoCAD draft technician and accounts payable and administrative assistant. Three months later, he was laid off and out of work again. It was a challenging time and Frank fell into a depression because he was having difficulty landing an interview. “This time, I decided to acquire a certification in NCCER Safety while looking for employment at the Texas Workforce. Then, I noticed the NCCER training through the Houston Area Urban League.” When he learned that the Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) taught the course in three weeks' time and offered an opportunity to meet with employers on site after graduation, he was intrigued. “When I found out that we could get a scholarship and meet with recruiters on site after the training, I was motivated to do whatever I needed to do to get in. I told a friend about the opportunity and he was also accepted into the training class.” During the three-week training, Frank was able to get back on his feet and gain the confidence that he needed for interviewing. He attended a one-on one financial coaching to target personal budgetary goals and counseling to prepare for opportunities. After graduation and the recruitment fair, HAUL’s business developer reached out to Doran Steel on his behalf. Frank was able to speak to their superintendent, and on the day of the interview, was hired as a rodbuster, a very difficult job. PullQuote-Working-HardAfter Hurricane Harvey, employment opportunities opened up and Frank took a shot at applying for a carpenter helper's position with Lexicon. It was a shoo-in for industrial construction because they build refineries and tank farms. On the day of the interview, Frank was immediately hired on as a carpenter helper making $23.00 an hour and was promoted three weeks later. He is now a safety technician making $26.00 an hour and planning on helping his parents, saving money and buying a house. Frank shares, “Thanks to the support of my parents, the NCCER training at HAUL and my friends, I would not be where I am today or had the opportunities that I have now. All I can say is, life has its ups and downs. Just keep persevering and working hard because it does pay off.”

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  1. SarahThomas | May 22, 2018
    Fascinating story! My brother heading to a better future through father's business and experience too, keep going

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