With the busy lives we lead, finding the time to invest in your professional development isn’t always easy. Put it off for too long, however, and you run the risk of starting to lag behind the competition. If you are considering investing some time in your career development, read our list below of some good tips to get started.
- Make the Most of Your CE Classes
Of course, you’ve invested the time in CE courses as needed- but how much time have you put into selecting the right courses for you? Take the time to put together a CE Plan for yourself so that you can choose the courses that will have the biggest impact on your job- and don’t be afraid to plan a couple years in advance. High-quality education courses can help you gain essential skills, develop your expertise, and grow your career- and there are plenty of online courses available that you can take when convenient for you. No matter what industry you are in, it’s never a bad idea to keep learning. And whether you are a seasoned real estate professional or new, there is always something to learn with new technology and information coming out each day.
- Everything Real Estate
Having a niche in real estate is great, but make sure that your niche isn’t limiting you. It’s just as important to have foundational knowledge of real estate best practices and principals as it is to know everything about your local housing market. When you have a general idea of universal practices, pricing, and listings, it’s even easier to help your clients in local markets because you are able to give perspective. Reading real estate articles, books, and government websites provide a lot of information that you can learn at your own pace. Speaking with experts and reading real estate newsletters and magazines are some other great ways to expand your expertise. Remember that being more knowledgeable will give you more leverage in all your business dealings, and your clients will feel more confident with an informed real estate professional at their side.
- Make Professional Development a Habit
If you are determined to become a guru of your local real estate industry, commit to set aside time each week or each month for your professional development. As mentioned earlier, you can subscribe to real estate magazines and blogs, listen to podcasts and e-books, attend professional development seminars and conferences, read books and follow industry leaders on social media. Go at your own pace and make realistic goals for yourself- even if that means learning one new thing about real estate a day. You can even do these activities with a partner to have accountability and promote discussion.
- Exceed Expectations
If you want to stand out from the rest and stay ahead of the competition, you have to be willing to go above and beyond your competitors. Our last professional development tip is to take additional classes beyond the minimum requirement for continuing education (CE) in your state. This may mean taking an extra course that will help you further develop your niche expertise in a certain area of real estate. These extra classes and knowledge can set you apart from your competitors and bring you more business.
Investing in your professional development is essential to your real estate career. It will help you develop the skills you need to be a better real estate professional and grow in your career.