We sat down with one of our Consultants, Jacqui, to find out about her journey in Real Estate and those all-important top tips on how to succeed in this fantastic industry!
How I got into the real estate industry?
Throughout high school, I had always wanted to be a nurse (midwife actually), and during year 10 I needed to do two weeks work experience at different places. I did my first exciting week at the hospital and loved it, my mum suggested a real estate agency to complete the second week and Imagine my surprise when I fell in love with the industry! Through the remaining years of high school, I covered Saturday reception then went full time into Real Estate after my HSC.
My Career Path:
I have worked my way through nearly every possible path in Real Estate covering administration, property management, department head, EA, and office manager. Ultimately I ended up in operations, a truly invaluable experience that has given me so many of the traits needed in Recruitment. My last role in Real Estate was a maternity leave role, and when it came to an end, I was a bit lost and looking for something new in my career. Enter Virginia and Resolver Recruitment, and the rest, as they say, is history! 10 years later, I am still madly in love with my job and just as enthusiastic about it as the first day I started!
Advice For Someone starting out or progressing through the industry:
I could write for hours on this topic! The real estate industry is a fabulous, exciting, and fast-paced industry and to an outsider it can look easy and quite flashy. The reality is real estate is a combination of hard work, enthusiasm, determination and drive, no matter the area of the industry you are in.
We live in a society where we want everything NOW! A great, long-standing career in this industry takes time. Do the junior role, learn it properly, embrace it and do it well; progress through each rank in the same manner. Remember the person that you are working for has more than likely been in your current role themselves, they know where you are, everyone has to start somewhere. Surround yourself with people in the industry that can help you grow and develop, a mentor can be an invaluable resource.
And most importantly, remember this industry is built on relationships. Build great ones!