Take Control with a Career in Real Estate
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.”
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)