Is it possible for a real estate salesperson transfer to consulting industry?

Hi everyone, this idea has been in my head for over one year. Is it possible if I can transfer to consulting industry from my current position?

I have a master degree at Mathematical finance. After graduation I worked as a business valuation analyst for half a year. Then I moved to New York due to VISA reason and have been working as a commercial real estate salesperson for over 3 years. I really learned a lot in my current position but also felt tired especially when I have to argue for commission percentage and play tricks to take advantages. Over 80% of my working time I can not feel any happiness, hence I started to think about switching to another industry that I would enjoy.

I searched consulting related information for a while and have a general picture like it is very busy, needs to travel very often and need to keep learning different things. I am a very typical INFJ with empathy, curiosity and likes to keep everything organized. I have feeling that consulting might be something I would enjoy so want to give a shot. Is there any way I can transfer to consulting from current job? (not sure if real estate advisory is another kind of consulting lol)

Any advice is appreciated as I really want to learn the facts and no matter if it is good or bad! Thank you very much for your time!

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  • Senior Consultant in Consulting
May 16, 2022 - 10:25pm

This answer is from the perspective of experience with major consulting firms, i.e. idk what real estate consulting is but it is probably a thing. Anyway, unfortunately your real estate experience is probably not relevant enough to get a consulting interview or job

If you were deadset on consulting (again at least for the major firms), your best bet is to get into a highly ranked MBA (M7 ideally, top 15 also works). From there, you'd be able to recruit into the post-MBA level roles if you prepared well and are otherwise strong

However, if you note that keeping everything organized is something you strongly value, maybe you'd find value in a career in project management? I bet there are project management roles that may value real estate industry expertise

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