Matthew Cronin ’16, Purchasing Agent, AECOM Tishman
“Merrimack’s Professional Development Retreat is a catalyst for employment. It allowed me to make multiple connections that lead to great employment opportunities across different industries.”
As an engineering major in Merrimack’s School of Science and Engineering, Matthew knew he was interested in pursuing construction management. Thanks to a site design course he took with Professor Carlos Jaquez in the School of Engineering, he was able to learn the fundamentals of the industry. He also completed an internship with Consigli Construction his senior year, which gave him a better understanding of career options outside of technical design.
Prior to graduation, Matthew accepted a position with AECOM Tishman, in New York City, New York. He is now a Purchasing Agent, where he helps write, bid, and award contracts for all companies who work on site.
How did your experience at Merrimack help you as a professional?
The technical skills in math and engineering I learned at Merrimack helped me build a strong base of problem-solving skills. Merrimack’s emphasis on quality work also helped me adjust to the expectations of a professional environment. Among the connections I made at the Professional Development Retreat, Heather Sullivan, in Merrimack’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations, put me in touch with Merrimack alumnus, John Feury ’77. John is a First Vice President with AECOM Tishman, aFortune500 engineering design firm that recruits recent college graduates. John offered me an opportunity to help run his procurement department. Working for an alumnus was a great experience and helped my transition from college to a professional environment.
What is the best advice you could give current Merrimack students?
Reach out to alumni and try to establish relationships early on in your college years. Most alumni struggled at one point when deciding what career path they wanted to pursue. They can provide guidance and clarity and often open doors that wouldn’t have been available otherwise. Get involved in co-curricular activities that help separate you from the rest of the student body, and show you have an interest and the motivation to move your career forward.
Why are you Merrimack Proud?
Merrimack has a small, but active community. Merrimack’s students, faculty and alumni are genuinely good people and are eager to lend a helping hand to those who show determination and have recently entered the workforce.