Breaking In - Taking Any Role?
I graduated in December (3.7~, Finance, Top50 school, no finance internships, engineering / pre-med transfer) and am looking to break into South Florida CRE.
I've gained a lot from this forum and firstly I'd like to thank everyone for their contributions. As a result of this site, I joined a real estate finance club, took courses (including ARGUS), gained REFM & Bloomberg cert, found minor experience in a warehouse ReDev project by building "models".
I've networked at a decently high level though of course can always do more, while grinding out a sales job that I could work from home during my job search (immunocompromised). I'm interested in CMBS/debt, capital markets, andat the analyst level and would eventually want to pivot to REPE buyside. From the outside, my passion in real estate lies in deal structuring and property-level management. I've faired OK in getting to final rounds of interviews but I understand my experience limitations (and have avoided 100% commission roles due to financial constraints), I understand that real estate is incredibly network contingent and that many careers are circuitous, as well. If anyone would be willing to weigh in, I'd greatly benefit from advice on:
1) Taking anything real estate related to forego waiting any longer without the words CRE on my resume.
2) Potential paths to refine my story and interests to guide my search and timeline after taking said loosely connected position .
3) Any general advice, as I know I have a long road ahead to catch up with my contemporaries.
Thank you all so much in advance