Networking and building relationships is crucial in real estate. Start finding industry professionals to shadow, observe, and conduct informational interviews with during the semester.
In real estate, you are basically an independent contractor. This means that you set your own hours, which can be good if you are prone to taking initiative. But having a flexible schedule means you have to be flexible to the client’s needs, even if it is at times you would normally be spending with friends or family.
Your income isn’t limited by an hourly wage or a corporate-dictated salary range, but is largely dictated by the time you invest yourself. However, at first, your cash-flow direction will be outward. Most new real estate agents need a nest egg to begin their careers as getting your first sale will take time.
A professional association is an organization of people who have similar career interests. These membership-based organizations often offer a reduced rate for students that allow access to the many resources they provide. Professional association websites can also offer job/internship databases as well as opportunities to find mentors or other contacts.