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Are Your Job Expectations Realistic?

By: Emma Eilbeck BA (hons) - Updated: 8 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
Are Your Job Expectations Realistic?

You may have images of yourself jetting off to New York every weekend to view properties when you picture yourself your job in the property market. It is important to be realistic though.

Like many things in life, a lot of people enter into a career in property for one reason, which is the money, and although this can be appealing, you must not purely enter into the profession for this reason alone, as you will soon tire of your career.

Career Expectations

Graduates entering into a property job will be expected to work as a jack of all trades. You may have your heart set on working solely in one part of the industry, however, when you start off you will be expected to try your hand at a number of different roles.

Things can be tough at first, but this doesn’t mean that they won’t be enjoyable, you will just have to be willing to put the hard work in. You may have been one of the best on your course at university, but when you embark on your first job, you may find that you will have to start at the very bottom and learn a lot of new things.

It is important to be realistic about what your career will entail, it might not always be what you expected and you might not be able to come into a firm in a role that you wish.

The property market is becoming increasingly competitive by the day, so you should make every effort to get your foot in the door at a firm, whether this be large or small. Once you have taken your first steps, then you should start to increase your job expectations.

Training For Your Career

Before you even start on your university course you should think carefully about whether a career in property is right for you. Unlike a lot of career paths, working in property can be a never ending learning curve. If you want to progress further in your career you then you will have to carry on studying and training even after you have left university.

So if you start your course and only want to do three years of studying you should think twice about entering the property world. A lot of people get second thoughts about the career they have chosen once they realise they will have to continue studying.

The Firm You Work For

When you are applying for jobs, be realistic about where you want to work. just because a firm offers you a job, it does not always mean that you always have to take it. If you don’t want to move to a large city, then don’t force yourself just because you want to work in property.

You will normally get a feel for a firm when you attend an interview, so it is important that you can picture yourself working there. You may have to manage a heavy workload, so don’t think it will be ok to work somewhere if in your heart you know it won’t be.

If you are passionate about the property market then you should find entering the sector exciting, rewarding and fun, it is just important to make sure that you are also realistic about the world you will face, and are prepared for the challenges it may throw at you.

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