The Job Hunt

In Conversation With…A ‘Real Estate Agent’

This week’s graduate is the true definition of a girl boss – a self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit whose drive comes from helping connect people with the most special thing they can own: a home. She’s also the prime example for spending her entire university career set on a specific field, only to realize upon graduation that it wasn’t for her.

Can you relate? Keep reading to learn about her experience!

The Struggling Graduate: Describe yourself in 3 words.

A: Energetic, motivated, passionate.

The Struggling Graduate: What is your role and what is a typical day like?

A: I’m a Real Estate Agent in the Dufferin County area! Although no two days in this field of work are ever alike, my days are spent sometimes in the office calling and emailing clients while other days are spent driving around showing houses and running open houses on weekends. In between all that I am constantly educating myself and staying up to date on relevant market information so that I can better serve my clients. 

The Struggling Graduate: Sounds like you’ve always got to be on the ball! A lot of graduates hear about interesting jobs but never know where to start, so I have to ask, how did you get into real estate?

A: Real estate wasn’t always something I knew I wanted to do, although it was something I was always passionate about. For me, after graduating university with a degree in Criminology and Political Science, I thought I was set on being a lawyer. However, 2 years out of university, I began to realize that law school wasn’t for me. It took some time and focus to figure out what I was passionate about. I knew I didn’t want to be inside an office 9-5 every day; I wanted to be out meeting new people, socializing and networking because I knew that was my personality. I also knew that I loved law and how certain laws that are put in place impacted the way people lived their lives. Finally, I also knew I had a passion for real estate and design and how relevant it was to everyone! When I combined all that together, it led me to my amazing career I am now lucky to have. I got my license within a year and never looked back! 

The Struggling Graduate: What skills do you need to be good at your role? Describe the kind of person who would excel in your role. 

A: Organized; it’s very easy in this business to get side tracked with a million little tasks but it’s vital to stay focused on what tasks are done or else you’ll find yourself trying to accomplish too much and getting nothing done! I use a Productivity Planner and set 3-5 tasks a day that I need to accomplish. 

Self-Motivated; the business doesn’t come to you, you have to go out and find the business yourself. This can be extremely difficult for some people, especially when starting out and with all the competition now, but if you stick to it and hustle, the business will come!

And finally personable, because since this business is so competitive, you need to give people a reason to want to work with you! Being personable and building relationships with people is crucial to succeeding in this business. If you want recurring business, you have to give people an excellent experience. 

The Struggling Graduate: Wow, makes us appreciate our realtors that much more. Last but not least…where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A: My goal is to eventually get my Broker’s license, become a Broker of a Real Estate company and develop a great team of my own. In just a short time, I’ve already learned so much and continue to learn every day so the upcoming next 5 years definitely excites me! 

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