By J.T. O'Donnell
Okay, so I don’t need to tell you the real estate market is suffering. Honestly, the average American would call you crazy right now to want to get into this as a profession. But as a career strategist, I’m telling you now is the time for those who have always had an interest in real estate to take some action.
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The best way to assess a career and determine if it is right for you is to ‘try before you buy.’ That means, you need to go beyond what you know about the career (i.e. talks with people in the field) and start to uncover the day-to-day elements to executing the job, maybe even experience what it will take to get the job so you can see if it turns your excitement level for the career up or down. Unfortunately, many people can’t do this. Why? Because the ‘try before you buy’ phase for most careers involves too much education or a major pay cut in an entry-level job. Ahhh, but that’s not the case in real estate.
For a few hundred dollars, you can study online and pass your state and national real estate exams in under a month. In doing so, you get a maximum return on your investment because:
1. You will have a certification to add to your existing resume.
2. You can enter the field on a part-time basis and gain experience while the market recovers.
3. You’ll have a more accurate sense of whether or not the career is right for you without having made any dramatic, irreversible decisions.
4. Studying something new will be inspiring and help make your day job feel less stressful.
This is the kind of step that makes sense in a tight economy. Learning about a new career and advancing your skills so you are more prepared to enter the career when the time is right is what being a smart professional is all about. Moreover, finding career satisfaction takes a proactive approach. So, if you love real estate, it's time to take action.
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