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10 G.I. JOBS | FEBRUARY 2017 | GIJOBS.COM SUCCESS STORIES JUNIOR ENLISTED Army Reservist draws on his military skills to build a career with Bozzuto. THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR MORE SUCCESS STORIES, VISIT GIJOBS.COM. Childhood hero? Superman Favorite athlete? Michael Jordan Hobbies? Soccer, movies, travel Favorite movie? "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy Quirkiest inherited trait? I tend to repeat myself. Childhood dream job? Novelist Exercise you hate most? Running Celebrity crush? Halle Berry Deathly afraid of? Snakes Dream car? Lamborghini First job? Janitor at a senior retirement facility WE HAD TO ASK! Military Service: Sergeant (E-5), Army Reserve (1997-Present) MOS: Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist (74D)/ Petroleum Supply Specialist (92F) Education: • Bachelor's degree, language and international trade, Clemson University, 2004 • Master's degree, real estate, Georgetown University, 2015 BUILDING BUFF. Mo Diaby is passionate about construction. "I have always been excited by the idea of creating and building things," he says. "My heroes are the pyramid builders and the builders of the great U.S. land- marks and infrastructure." GOOD PLACE TO BE. Diaby is a project engineer for Bozzuto, a real estate development and construction company in Greenbelt, Md. His typical day includes processing and tracking submittals, main- taining as-built drawings, track- ing and processing construction permits, and helping to manage subcontractors. ROAD TO SUCCESS. Diaby grew up in Africa, moved to South Carolina and in 1997 enlisted in the Army Reserve. During his service, he helped to rebuild schools, roads and airfields in Iraq and Kuwait. He also earned two degrees, including a master's in real estate from Georgetown University. He worked a variety of construction-related jobs – from construction superintendent to purchasing coordinator – before landing at Bozzuto in January 2016 with the help of an Air Force veteran. TRANSFERRING SKILLS. These days Diaby employs military skills like teamwork and organizational skills at his civilian job. "As in the military, the construction industry relies heavily on effective teamwork for success," he says. He loves the camaraderie and professional- ism of his construction project management team. BEST ADVICE. "Choose an in- dustry. Choose a company within that industry. Find everything you can about that company and, if possible, network with someone who works for that company. Ask for help," Diaby advises. "Addi- tionally, gain new skills through education, internship or training." Mo Diaby Civilian Job: Project Engineer, Bozzuto

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