Bust­ing the myths on real es­tate ca­reers

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE | REIQ COLUMN - By REIQ

A CA­REER in real es­tate of­fers so much more choice than many peo­ple first re­alise.

The first thing most peo­ple think it means is res­i­den­tial sales, but that is just one in a mul­ti­tude of op­tions.

Get­ting your real es­tate qual­i­fi­ca­tions opens the door to many ca­reers, in­clud­ing: busi­ness broking; prop­erty man­age­ment (com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial); buy­ers’ agency; auc­tion­eer­ing; busi­ness devel­op­ment; cor­po­rate sup­port, and res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial sales agency. It’s a ca­reer that can be flex­i­ble around fam­ily com­mit­ments, ideal for mums get­ting back into the work­force or dads look­ing to en­joy more fam­ily time. It of­fers op­tions for school leavers, with great trainee­ships on of­fer, or op­por­tu­ni­ties for older work­ers where their life ex­pe­ri­ence is greatly val­ued.

There are a num­ber of myths around work­ing in real es­tate, per­pet­u­ated by clichéd images pre­sented in the me­dia, and if this is stop­ping you from think­ing about re-train­ing for a new ca­reer, then read on!

Ex­tro­verts only?

It is often as­sumed that only out­go­ing ex­tro­verts are suited to a ca­reer in real es­tate. Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. You can choose to be a head­line act or you can make your con­tri­bu­tion in one of a num­ber of sup­port roles.

Week­end work com­pul­sory?

There’s a pop­u­lar per­cep­tion that real es­tate agents work seven days week, but if that doesn’t suit your sit­u­a­tion, there are roles that of­fer Mon­day-to-Fri­day work days and/or other flex­i­ble work ar­range­ments. There are also job-share op­por­tu­ni­ties – it’s all in find­ing the right fit for you.

You must be ob­sessed with real es­tate?

While an in­ter­est in real es­tate is likely to be ben­e­fi­cial to any role within the pro­fes­sion, if you don’t have any knowl­edge about real es­tate be­fore you start, you’ll prob­a­bly pick up a lot along the way. You’ll likely be work­ing with peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about their jobs and who are gen­uinely in­ter­ested in real es­tate.

En­try-level train­ing is a two-day course?

While there are some train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions that of­fer a con­densed fast-in-fast-out course, you need to ask your­self, ‘Will this get me job-ready?’. The speed of the qual­i­fi­ca­tion is not the im­por­tant thing, but rather the qual­ity of the ed­u­ca­tion that mat­ters.

Real es­tate can be a re­ally re­ward­ing ca­reer, of­fer­ing many paths to pro­fes­sional suc­cess no mat­ter what your back­ground or ex­pe­ri­ence.

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