5 ways to use the summer for career planning

When the sun comes out, it’s time to put your studies aside and seek out fresh opportunities. SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan gives valuable advice to new graduates in a New York Times interview, stating that one should “Get a job and work hard. You are going to learn a ton in whatever that job is. Put your head down, work hard, raise your hand for anything anybody asks you to do.” Whether you’re a current student or recent graduate, why not take a look at the opportunities available at Engel & Völkers? Here are our top five tips for crafting a solid career plan this summer.

5 ways to use the summer for career planning

Identify your goals

When school or college is in full swing, it can be difficult to carve out space for setting goals, yet this is one of the most important components of career planning. Use the summer to research careers in real estate, set both short and long-term goals, and assess your own strengths and weaknesses. Whether you’ve already planned your perfect career in real estate, or you’re not sure which area you would like to specialise in, try exploring the positions we have available to see which ones suit your skill set.

Update your CV

The summer is also the perfect time to assess your CV with a critical eye. Update this important document to reflect your most recent achievements, including certificates, speciality courses, and volunteer opportunities you’ve undertaken throughout the year. Networking is an important part of working in real estate, so it’s vital to always have a current CV on hand when planning your career; you never know who you might meet.

Gain new work experience

From summer internships to volunteer work, the summer months are an ideal time to gain experience to bolster your CV and prevent gaps in your work history. Employers are on the hunt for talented individuals with demonstrable analytical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills, as well as more career-specific experience. At Engel & Völkers, we offer an ideal working environment for interns seeking a high level of responsibility in an international workplace, which is the type of hands-on experience that will take you far when it comes to a career plan.

Seek networking opportunities

Start growing your professional network at the earliest stage of your real estate career planning; having this experience should help you climb the ladder that little bit faster. You can do this online with LinkedIn and industry social media groups, but it’s just as important to make face-to-face impressions. Sign up for real estate seminars and conferences, reach out to community members with similar interests, or job-shadow a colleague.

Conduct industry research

Set yourself apart from other job hunters by spending your summer researching the real estate industry in detail. Be proactive with your career planning by keeping an open file of rolling job deadlines and relevant contacts. You can also take this time to practise your interview technique, reviewing your relevant skills and seeking out the latest news in your industry. Listen to testimonials for tips, and read newspapers, magazines and blogs daily to keep informed about sector trends.

Engel & Völkers offers a wealth of career opportunities at the student, trainee and graduate level. Visit our careers page to find the latest vacancies, from vocational training to professional positions.

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