The famous Canadian businessman and investor Guy Laliberté is quoted as saying that "life is full of adventure. There's no such thing as a clear pathway". This couldn't be truer when it comes to careers. When the need for change does come calling, it pays to be creative and ambitious while pondering your next move.
Here, we take a look at the massive potential for finding success in a new career path. Specifically, we consider job opportunities for civil engineers looking to make the move into real estate. We also describe how your existing skills and talents will serve you well in your new role selling houses.
The details of a job in real estate may feature things like interior design, furnishings and marketing, but the core of the property business lies in the buildings themselves. This requires agents to harbour a deep understanding of physical structures, as well as their position in the market.
With experience of a civil engineering career, you'll be well placed to assess the state of different properties – a skill particularly useful to those with an interest in period buildings. Not only will you be able to spot homes with ample potential for redevelopment, you'll also be able to advise buyers on what's achievable with older dwellings. Property development could well be one of the things you do to prepare for becoming a real estate agent.
As an engineer, it's likely that you possess a strong imagination. Combined with good practical knowledge, this puts you in a strong position to make plans for home improvement. The ability to work out enhancements such as extensions and creative rebuilding projects will prove invaluable in your search for real estate job opportunities for civil engineers.
A civil engineering career can take you to all sorts of places. Travel experience (and the desire to continue travelling) will transpose well into a career in real estate. As a real estate agent you often have appointments outside the office and will get around a lot in your area. If you already travelled a lot, thanks to your job as a civil engineer, you are used to work outside the office. This increases your chances of a new dream job.
The world of real estate is open to individuals from all sorts of backgrounds, from sales to engineering. The key to making a successful transition lies in identifying your talents, and applying them effectively to your new position. Visit the Engel & Völkers careers page to search for real estate job opportunities for civil engineers.