Take Control with a Career in Real Estate

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The COVID-19 pandemic has not only highlighted the stability of the housing market in comparison to the share market, but also displayed the security of careers in real estate. As thousands of people around Australia are made redundant from industries such as retail, hospitality and tourism, the real estate sector keeps on keeping on and reminds us all why a career in property is always a wise decision.

In Australia, real estate isn’t just a business; it’s practically a civic obsession. People always ask each other where they live, what kind of property they have, how big it is, how much they paid, what’s the area live and how long they intend to stay. Are these the kinds of questions you find yourself asking friends? If so, it might be a good time to consider changing careers.

In response to social distancing and self-quarantine recommendations, The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) has transitioned its award-winning real estate training programs to an entirely online platform. This ensures anybody who has suffered a reduction in work hours can treat the stay-at-home period as an opportunity to embark on a more reliable and autonomous career. How simple is that!

After being made redundant from her 15-year-long role as a sales and marketing manager in the travel industry, Michelle Gallagher opted to pursue a job that would deliver her fate right back into her own hands. She signed up for The REIQ’s registration certificate course. “I’ve always had a passion for real estate and it was just the perfect opportunity while I’m off to study and start something new,” says Gallagher, who is now two weeks into her training. “It’s the career I want to follow and I want it to see me through.”

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With a background in sales, marketing and, more importantly, client service, Gallagher intends to hit the ground running when she obtains her certificate, despite the difficult conditions we find ourselves in. “I’m being positive and following what jobs are available online at the moment, and keeping an eye on it so once I’m ready to go I can jump in,” she explains. What’s more, Gallagher’s own professional background will serve her well; backed by a registration certificate it places her well for any and every opportunity she pursues to get her career up and running.

And according to Gallagher, after that, the sky’s the limit. In the meantime, her attention is firmly focussed on finding a job she loves. “Enjoyment is number one; you’ve got to love what you’re doing or you just can’t do it,” she tells. “If one day I owned my own real estate agency – then wow, great!”

In her previous role for 15 years and prior to that, another impressive tenure for almost a decade, Gallagher is now hoping her career in real estate will last even longer. “If I want it, I’m going to go and get it and this gives me the skills to do that,” she says.

Real estate careers offer flexibility that most – if not all – other sectors simply can’t match. Those who are unable or unwilling to work full-time hours have options in real estate – you can clock in for the amount that works for you. By the same token, if you’re an overachiever, you’re able to work beyond the standard 9-5 in the pursuit of more sales and more commission while kicking more goals and achieving more success. It’s a career recipe that you have total control over. The ‘cherry’ on top for times like these is that no matter how slow or weak the economy is, people always need homes which means people always need real estate agents.

All of The REIQ’s training programs are now being delivered entirely online. Our eLearning portal makes it simple to access learning content and assessments, and all courses include live webinars and tutor support. So, if you want to transition to a career that gives you total control over your employment, workload and success, jump online and visit www.reiq.com/training or call 1300 MYREIQ (1300 697 347) today. (RTO 5420 The Real Estate Institute of Queensland Limited)

 

Here’s what others have to say

Very impressed with the trainers that I have had for the past 3 days. Each individual trainer was very helpful and made sure that everyone in the class understood everything before we progressed through the modules.
Shannon Goldsworthy
Shannon Goldsworthy
04:34 23 Oct 19
I found the REIQ Real Estate Licence Online Training Course was very good, easy to access, with brilliant course materials to read and assignments that really checked on your understanding of the details of every aspect of real estate practise. I enjoyed the course even though it took a few months due to working full time and found the support of the trainers and assessors very helpful and encouraging. Thanks REIQ Training team for helping me through!
Lindy Lear
Lindy Lear
10:47 18 Oct 20
I cannot recommend REIQ enough. The training, environment & staff were beyond my expectations. A special mention for Rachael who is a trainer at REIQ. Rachael knows her stuff. Her knowledge of the industry and style of delivery helped me get across the line and score my dream job.
Paul Conway
Paul Conway
05:11 15 Jan 20
Had Melissa Sullivan conducting the sales registration course for the past two days I have to say I think this woman is inspiring she kept the class focused and engaged throughout the two days. I dont normally complete surveys but felt that I wanted to share that this lady has inspired me to give sales ago and I never thought i would say that as i have been a PM and honestly never thought I could see myself as a sales agent... Thanks Mel for such a great two days
Karen Riddell
Karen Riddell
07:04 03 Aug 17
Jodie was an amazing help throughout the training. We had a few technical issues and I knew that I could call and get it sorted alongside her. She was always supportive and no task was ever a bother for her. Thanks again Jodie !!
Kirsty Bohn
Kirsty Bohn
04:40 30 Jun 21
Adam Milton
Adam Milton
01:52 22 Nov 17
I contacted REIQ, as I wanted to upgrade my real estate licence to a full licence. I have now completed the necessary upgrade and I just wanted to thank all the staff and trainers who were my guides during this time. Particular mention to Rachael Wilschefski who did everything she could to help me and was a joy to talk to, Trudi Fleet was a fantastic support to me and a big thank you to the assessing team. If anyone is considering using REIQ to get their licence or upgrade, I highly recommend using REIQ. Once again, thank you. Helen Knight
Helen Knight
Helen Knight
00:31 05 Mar 21
Good course. Materials and tools given to finish the course easily. Was no problem to finish. Support is there if needed it.
Jade Dodds
Jade Dodds
09:11 09 Oct 20
Gerry MacKenzie
Gerry MacKenzie
06:53 12 Oct 20
I wasnt sure that I would get through the Agents and Licence course with everything I had on, made an attempt a year ago with another provider that went totally pear shaped but the REIQ course is structured in a way that made sense. While all of their trainers are experts in their field, they offer onsite student support on Tuesdays with Rachel providing the right advice and reassurance to get you there, even if you havent studied for a while. If you've ever wanted a career in Real Estate this is where you get started!
Lynette Nitson
Lynette Nitson
01:48 13 Jan 20
Recently I completed the Real Estate Licensing course at REIQ and was blown away by the help and support provided by Ms. Connie McKee who is a trainer at REIQ. Connie is very professional and has years of knowledge and work experience in the Real Estate Industry.I am glad I chose REIQ as my pathway into the Real Estate Industry.
Kaizan Irani
Kaizan Irani
00:23 30 May 19
Great friendly environment
David Priest
David Priest
22:47 19 Nov 19
Welcoming and friendly staff, always available to support their members. The Property Management Support Team is particularly helpful. Well worth the subscription fees just to have access to advice from these experienced practitioners.
Laura Valenti
Laura Valenti
21:29 16 Jun 18
Jason Bond
Jason Bond
10:29 19 Jun 18
Katie Cotton
Katie Cotton
10:04 31 Oct 17
Liam Hanlon
Liam Hanlon
12:06 05 Sep 17
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!
Laura Stills
Laura Stills
08:14 22 Oct 20
Proud to be a member of such a prestigious organisation. Thank You for the support 🏡
Jamie Smith
Jamie Smith
07:28 07 Mar 18
Just done two days interactive training with Melissa Sullivan. Sensational! Such a great presenter and electric delivery of material. Quick paced and hands-on!Very glad to have been in this class!!! Awesome
Miles Griffiths
Miles Griffiths
07:01 26 Jun 18
Recently completed my Licence course and thoroughly enjoyed the in-class tutorials taught by highly professional trainers with many years of industry experiences. The student support that is available every Tuesday is an extremely helpful resource, again with very experienced trainers to ensure you get the right advice the first time. REIQ has really structured the entire full Licence course end to end thoughtfully, especially when you’re new to this industry. Highly recommended!
Julian Phua
Julian Phua
07:01 02 Oct 19
Helpful staff. Useful networking events and training videos.
Eagle Real Estate
Eagle Real Estate
02:27 25 Jul 18
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,
RE/MAX Ignite
RE/MAX Ignite
05:56 21 Jan 20
Haydn Denovan
Haydn Denovan
02:51 20 Mar 18
In February I decided to take steps to buy management rights to a unit complex. As I have not studied for some time I chose REIQ to do my RLA course. Initially I didn’t engage the help through student support but it came to a point I needed some assistance. Selina Randall and Connie McKee were wonderful help. I personally feel they went over and beyond to help me complete the course and enable me to follow through with final settlement of the new business in just a few weeks Thank you so very much ladies. You were both amazing
Irmy Thomas
Irmy Thomas
06:35 18 Jun 21
Great staff that are always helpful.
Kensington Ràpoza
Kensington Ràpoza
11:20 28 Dec 19
Jacqui McKeering
Jacqui McKeering
02:01 08 Mar 18
Michelle Wright
Michelle Wright
04:07 26 Feb 18
Blake Richard
Blake Richard
01:34 05 Mar 18
Tina Nenadic
Tina Nenadic
12:57 02 Mar 18

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