Advice Needed: Real Estate Career Path
WSO Fam, this is my first post so here is a brief introduction,
I am currently going into my senior year of college at a non-target university majoring in finance and real estate. I don't have the best of grades as I will most likely graduate with a 3.0 GPA. This past summer I landed an internship at a solid commercial real estate firm within the appraisal department of the company. The team I am currently on specializes in retail and are one of the top producers for appraisal in a major metro area. The plan is for me to continue interning part-time during last year of school and then they have suggested that they will offer me a full-time position as a senior associate once I graduate.
Here is where I need some advice:
The work has been particularly boring since I am mostly doing the due diligence for the reports, but they have been giving me more responsibility pretty quickly in the time that I have been here including creating lease abstract and inputting data into Argus DCF. Appraisal in itself is pretty shitty, learning about the markets/how to value RE is great, but overall I don't think I can see myself doing this for my entire career.
So, I am wondering if I should stay with this company once I graduate since I'll have been interning for this company for a year and can probably negotiate a hirer salary or explore my options elsewhere (acquisitions, brokerage)? Just not sure if it would be worth it starting at the bottom again and potentially earning a lower salary for a different gig. Also, not sure if I could get a job at another solid firm since my GPA isn't the greatest and the only RE experience I have is working at my current company and a boutique appraisal shop prior.