Commercial Real Estate as a Career?

UCREW Event Hilights Opportunities for Women in Commercial Real Estate

Submitted by Lindsey Pfaender, Rollins MBA, Class of 2010

cn_logoReal Estate?  No way I thought.  I have educated myself entirely too much to join a career that doesn’t require a college degree.  What no one told me during my four years at Florida State and throughout my masters program at Crummer was COMMERCIAL Real Estate is an incredible career to start, offering a very wide variety of disciplines, and can be very financially rewarding.  And the icing on the cake, there are VERY few women that even enter this industry.

My name is Lindsey Pfaender and I graduated from Rollins Crummer Graduate Program in May of 2010.  At that time I was selling condos at The VUE at Lake Eola in order to pay my tuition, never thinking that I would stay in real estate upon graduation.  Finalizing my last semester, I interviewed for standard marketing jobs, financial analytics, the “standard” positions that I could work my way up the corporate ladder in a company.  I never really got excited about any of the prospective jobs until a gentleman that I knew from my little real estate world at The VUE approached me and asked if I would be interested in joining his team as a Multifamily Broker,  I did not even know what multifamily meant at that time (selling apartment complexes).  It was a commission only position, but very entrepreneurial and instead of focusing on the “no-salary” aspect, I approached the opportunity as the “no-ceiling to your paycheck” and gave it a shot.  I have been a Multifamily Broker with Cushman and Wakefield for three years now and cannot tell you enough how challenging and rewarding it has been.

I would like to encourage all women who are still deciding what exactly they want to do upon graduation to attend our UCREW event on October 25th at the TLC office in Downtown Orlando.  Please download and review the UCREW13_Flyer for details and registration instructions. You will be exposed to many career paths available to you in Commercial Real Estate like interior design, project management, banking, law, and brokerage just to name a few.  We also have INTERNSHIP opportunities available.  Hope to meet you all there!

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