From Athlete to Agent: Pooley Cross Trains to Real Estate

Australian Surf IronMan Matt Poole in the classroom with REIQ trainer Rachael Wilschefski.

Australian Surf IronMan Matt Poole is no stranger to challenges – injuries, sprawls, grueling training hours and tough competition, just to name a few. However, Pooley (as he’s affectionately known by the Australian public) is adding a new challenge to his repertoire – studying a real estate registration course.

The REIQ sat down with the IronMan veteran to discuss his motivations to pursue a career in real estate.

REIQ: You’re currently an Iron Man, so what inspired you to study a real estate course?

Matt Poole: I guess my desire to study the REIQ registration course and look into a career in a real estate is because I’m getting towards the back end of my professional career. Real estate has always fascinated me – it’s something I’ve always been interested in. I’m 32 years old and I’ve been working professionally as an Ironman for 14 years. So there’s always that period where you’re going to have to transition into another career after being an athlete.

REIQ: How did you find the return to study?

MP: I haven’t done any sort of tertiary study or education since I left high school. I actually went straight into the Ironman series when I graduated high school in Sydney. Going back and reading, learning and doing all those things you spent your whole high school years trying to do is a bit of a shock to the system. I might not pick things up straight away academically, but given my nature of competitiveness, I’ve stuck with it and found solutions to problems. But I’m getting through the course now and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

REIQ: What skills and qualities that you’ve developed as a professional athlete can be transferred to a career in real estate?

MP: Life as a professional athlete versus a desk job is very chalk and cheese. But I think discipline, drive and motivation are probably three things that stand out to me that could be transitioned into a career in real estate. I guess with being a professional athlete, you have to have so much discipline and motivation to get yourself out of bed every morning, to get in the pool and go to training and do all the sessions that we do. You’re constantly facing setbacks as a professional athlete and you need to find solutions to problems and ways to overcome that so that you can be successful. So I’m hoping that that’s something I can traverse over into to real estate.

REIQ: What is your dream real estate career?

MP: I’m currently still racing and training full time as an athlete, but I guess my interest is leaning towards commercial real estate. I’ve just opened a bar and restaurant in James Street, Burleigh with a friend of mine, so when we were negotiating the lease agreements and things like that with a real estate agent, I got a taste of what commercial real estate is really like. I think I would really enjoy that side of real estate. But having said that, I’m still studying, so I’m open to everything.

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Great training course was very informative. I feel I gained lots of knowledge and there is a lot of support from the REIQ team online, via phone and in person and am looking forward to starting my career in the real estate industry!
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Jade Dodds
09:11 09 Oct 20
I would like to share with you our experience that we have recently had through the REIQ Professional Development Team.We have had an awesome start to 2020 thanks to the great service provided by the REIQ Professional Development Team. Congratulations to Liz who started and finished her Certificate of Registration Course with the REIQ in December 2019. She loved the training, particularly the fact the trainers are experienced and still walk the talk and are active in real estate. Fast turnaround for marking of the assessments with help on hand by way of tutoring if needed meant she could get the Application to Office of Fair Trading for her registration happening quickly. We are thrilled, from start to finish with the course and application to Fair Trading she had her Certificate of Registration within 5 weeks. Really impressed with the training, help and support team REIQ gave Liz and the quick processing time by the Office of Fair Trading.We also regularly use the Property Management Support Service and General Agency Advice Service and believe it offers great value for our membership. The PMSS team provide practical advice by practising property management professionals who can relate to the everyday challenges property managers face.Keep up the good work Team REIQ,
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