I'm graduating in two years and currently work in residential real estate. I want to join commercial real estate once I graduate and eventually end up managing funds for a syndication or REIT. I have a lot of super newbie questions so please bear with me.
First, I just transferred to a school (UCI) as an Quant. Econ major. Does major matter to firms and should I switch? (I don't lose any time if I switch ASAP)
My mentor recommended that I jump right into Marcus and millichap (MnM) once I graduate. His reasoning is that I'll fit in well with IS and if I can survive there for 3 years, I'll be golden. He wants me to develop hard skills as I work by taking classes for a RPA or other professional designation. In the meantime, I am studying Real Estate Finance and Investments by Jeffrey Fisher (slowly, as I have a strong engineering/calculus background, not a financial one)
What do you guys think of this? What would you change? I did a lot of reading on this site already and heard basically everyone hating on MnM due to their brutish, cold-calling methods. They seem to produce the best salespeople though.
What type of internship should I get, or is working transactions in residential enough? What skill set is required for the internships? I'm a 4.0gpa that transferred from engineering to Econ as a senior if that matters at all.
Is going for an analyst position somewhere the best route? I don't quite understand what it is/what it does, but I see many many people on this site going for it.
What is REPE? How is it different from PERE? I actually searched this on this forum but it was filled with acronyms and jargon that I didn't really understand it. I looked around for a FAQ but I didn't see one on mobile.
Basically I learn quick, am willing to work hard and grind, and I'm hungry. You guys are smarter than me so I have to ask: What do you guys think?