How to Set Up a Career in Real Estate While You’re Still in College

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An article by contributor Eileen O’Shanassy.

When you’re in college, it is the time to focus on planning and preparing for your future. Your education will help you to earn the income you’d like and prepare you for the career of your dreams. If you are interested in real estate, it’s important to take steps to get informed about real estate investing, selling, and marketing. Understand that you can make all of these things happen while you’re still in college. To achieve monumental success, consider these five ways you can set yourself up for your future career in real estate.

Take College Courses That Align With Your Future Business

If you desire to sustain a successful career in real estate, consider taking college courses that will equip you for achieving this goal. If you’re not doing that, you need to make a shift. If your college doesn’t have a real estate program, take any available courses that cover other aspects of a real estate business. Business marketing, management, and sales are a few of the relevant degrees you can earn. Those degrees can also be essential in providing the tools you’ll need to maintain a thriving business in real estate.

Resource: How to Become a Real Estate Agent

Read Books and Invest in Outside Courses

It’s a wise idea to begin reading more books on real estate topics such as investing and marketing. Do a Google search to find out about some of the top books that real estate professionals recommend. Leaders are readers. If you want to be a leading force in the real estate industry, it is beneficial to make a habit of reading.

Furthermore, it’s a good idea to invest in outside courses. In addition to your coursework in school, find online classes and local training sessions for the investment of your future. These types of opportunities are essential to invest in because they will broaden your horizons. They will expand your mindset and allow you to see what’s possible for you as a future realtor.

Resource: 16 Real Estate Books Every Agent and Broker Should Read

Attend Seminars

In many cases, when you’re building your career or searching for a new job, it’s not so much about what you know. In many circumstances, it’s about who you know. When you attend seminars, you’ll have the opportunity to network with others while learning about a variety of topics. You can focus on auctions, short sales, or even commercial real estate. As you attend seminars, you’ll be able to get exposure to what is out there. Plus, you’ll be able to network and meet lots of people that you wouldn’t meet if you were on your average college campus.

Find a Mentor

In the beginning, you can start by following real estate professionals who are successful and show their brands on social media. There are many realtors who aren’t shy about showing their successes, supporting others, and sharing some tips. Granted, you’re not going to get all of the details regarding how they built their successful brands. However, always remember that success leaves clues. There are ways that you can pick up on certain things realtors do in order to mimic those habits in your personal life and your professional life.

While it’s good to have mentors in your head, you also need to make sure you are intentional about finding mentors you can actually interact with. As you go to events and meet new people, you can get closer to the goal of finding a great mentor. Mentorship is important because it can help you get on the fast track to success. When someone can give you a peek behind his or her veil and help you with a blueprint, this can assist you in significant ways.

Resource: Real Estate Investing for Beginners

Set Goals

Set timely goals and make sure they are achievable. While you’re in college, you might not be able to sell a ton of houses because you’re working on schoolwork. However, there are moves you can make to build your career in real estate while you’re in college. There are certain classes you need to take and licenses you need to earn to be a realtor in a particular state. You can study for those exams and prepare for those courses while you’re in college. You can save up the money to pay for those classes. Set deadlines to help you achieve those goals at a particular rate. Don’t wait until you graduate to start building.

Maintain your commitment to these five tactics to be successful in the long term. Understand that success isn’t an overnight process. It takes years to build a solid foundation and a brand. If you start now and start small with what you have, you can develop the skills you’ll need to achieve longevity in the industry.

Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy

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