For those interested, you have the opportunity to create and present a short profile of a
professional working in the field of real estate. If they are local, I encourage you to meet up in
person, but this is not a requirement. A short phone call or email conversation will suffice as
well. Your summary should include answers to the following questions:
What was the career path that led them to their current position? Were they always
interested in their field, or did they come to it by accident?
What are the responsibilities of their current position? What does a typical day look
What skills are particularly important for their industry or position? How did they
develop them? How do they suggest that someone interested in the field prepare?
What makes a competitive candidate? Are there skills they
they had or those that
they are looking to develop in the future?
What general advice do they have for a current college student interested in working
in the field?
I leave it to you to define what qualifies as a “real estate professional” and encourage you to
adopt a broad definition. Real Estate Agents, Brokers, Developers, Bankers, and Institutional
Investors working in real estate would all make for good interviewees. If you’re having trouble
locating a profile subject, contact me and I can help you brainstorm.
You should treat this as a networking opportunity. Informational interviews are always good way
to learn about a position and get your name out there, and it’s easier still will you can request
them under the guise of a class project.
For full credit, you must submit a short (1.5 – 2 page) summary of your profile.
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