Your 6 Step Guide to a Career Change

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After a tumultuous 2020, it’s no surprise that more and more Queenslander’s are considering a career change. With 2021 showing signs of prosperity for the property market, a career in real estate might be just what you’re looking for. The REIQ has put together a 6 step guide to pursue a career change.

1. Consult an REIQ Career Coach

Start your career change journey by chatting to one of the REIQ’s friendly career coaches. They are available to answer your questions, share their own experiences in the industry and help you along the career path of your dreams. Career coaches are available to chat over the phone, at a time that suits you. Alternatively, take our career change quiz to find out if you’ve got what it takes for a career in the exciting world of real estate.

2. Hear from Other Career Changers

If you’re feeling uncertain about making the big decision to pivot careers, take a look at some of the REIQ’s alumni stories. The REIQ has welcomed aspiring real estate professionals who have spent their lives working in retail, politics and even playing AFL.

3. Back to the Books

Whether you already have a real estate background or not, it’s a good idea to look into what qualifications will put you in good stead to succeed. While a business degree or experience in sales will set you up with some valuable skills, you’ll need to undertake a Registration or Full Licence course in order to conduct real estate services. Already in real estate and looking to upskill? Complete a Licence Upgrade course and take the next step in your real estate career.

4. Conduct Industry Research

Just as you would conduct research about a company you’re interviewing for, it’s beneficial to research the industry you’re interested in pursuing a career change to. Wrap your head around the numbers in the Quarterly Market Monitor, monitor the data in the area you’d like to pursue on RP Data, and familiarise yourself with the forms in Realworks. Demonstrating an understanding of the industry will not only give you confidence in an interview setting, but it will also help you in your practice as a new real estate professional.

5. Network and Connect 

Known as the ‘people’s industry’, networking is a large part of becoming a successful real estate professional. It not only helps you build your network of other real estate professionals, but it also helps you establish a reputation and enables you to learn from your friendly competition. REIQ members are often given the opportunity to connect with other industry professionals, with an events calendar of networking events. Become an REIQ member today.

Are you ready to take the leap and change careers, but are unsure if real estate is the right career for you? Take our career change quiz to help you make the right decision.