Published by admin on February 05,2009
Earlier this evening I had the good fortune of spending some time with students from our Hermosa Beach location prior to class starting. One student was inquiring about possibly becoming an appraiser and another expressed interest in another field of real estate. I explained to the first individual that in order to become an appraiser, there was another licensing process involved through the Office of Real Estate Appraisers. My student said that he was considering other options because he had never had a sales job before and didn't know how it was going to ultimately work out.
This short conversation got me thinking - How daunting it must be for those about to enter our business. No salary. No health benefits. No cushion.
The truth is that the traditional job market of today doesn't really provide much of a cushion. For example, I have a good friend who recently graduated from the Marshall School of Business at USC. She got good grades and checked all the "appropriate boxes." Once she graduated she got a job in the marketing department at a small company. After just six months there she was let go because, in their estimation, she "wasn't happy".
All sorts of businesses are facing downturns and are laying off workers. At least in real estate sales you are at the helm of your own ship. Even if just starting out that ship is a leaky raft it's still YOURS.