CRE positions following masters

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Hey. This is my first post after browsing and gleaning a huge amount of info from you guys. I am looking for advice here. My current position is, I have just graduated with a 3.8 with degrees in finance and real estate from Florida State University. I have accepted an offer for a graduate assistantship that cuts the cost of my masters degree in finance from 15.5K, to 3K.... I Obviously accepted because I have found that I actually like academics, and did not find the finance curriculum here challenging enough, so I would like to continue my education to the point where I actually feel as though I am really learning something I could not comprehend in a short amount of time by myself (not to sound like an arrogant asshole, but that's just what I feel). I want to get to the point where my professors become 100% necessary in my journey to attaining a higher level of knowledge.

I would love to get into commercial real estate acquisitions at an analyst role (as I understand it would not be feasible to go above analyst at the entry level). I am wondering what else I can do to help prove to firms that I am ready for the position, and receive an offer.

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May 9, 2019

Your master would be a waste, you don't need a master in finance for real estate jobs unless you work in CMBS securitization

If you do decide to finish the master, you should get a better paying job in finance/capital market

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May 9, 2019
thhddd:

Your master would be a waste, you don't need a master in finance for real estate jobs unless you work in CMBS securitization

wildly inaccurate. A masters in finance will benefit any CREF role, not just CMBS securitization at Freddie Mac... I gather that a lot of your responses only contain advice that is relative to what you do at Freddie or whatever GSE you are at. Not everyone is trying to work for them.

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May 9, 2019

yeah that guy above is retarded...if you are trying to get an analyst role, sharpen your financial modeling skills through GETREFM, Adventures in CRE, etc., and learn Argus if you are looking at office asset class; learn more about the geographic market in which you want to specialize (start learning who owns/occupies buildings, block by block; study land, sales and rent comps so you can start to understand in what ranges assets are trading for); and start networking heavily to meet people in that market, learn more about their deals and expand your general rolodex.

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May 11, 2019
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