Industry Specific Insights

  • Real estate agents help people buy and sell their home and must have advanced knowledge of local real estate laws, financing options, mortgages, and fair housing regulations.
  • To be eligible to become a licensed real estate salesperson or agent, you must:
    • Be at least 18 or 19 years old (depends on the state)
    • Have legal US residency
    • Complete your required pre-license education (find your state’s requirements here)
    • Pass your state real estate license examination
  • 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.
  • View our 2018-19 Career Planning Guide & Internship Orientation Guide.

Recommended Resources

The resources below are a combination of general industry information as well as specific job and internship posting sites for this industry.

Professional Associations

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.

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