Brand new to this website-all advice is appreciated:
I am 28 years old, recently separated from active duty as an Air Force Intelligence Officer with experience in data and event analysis. I have BS in Architecture- (1 year of work experience prior to military service) and a finance certificate from Harvard's online extension school (finance/business related). I live in Florida, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Ft L, are all easy relocates-but willing to go anywhere.
The goal is to be any development role within 3-5 years- this is my passion and willing to take any job or path to get into the career. I have laid out the options I have identified below- please critique or offer your professional opinion/solution. (note* I have read that experience is better over education, and I agree- but what type and where and for how long I have no idea.)
1.) I have an interview as a project engineer at a construction firm in Chicago- they have not offered my the job- but I believe I would get an offer having a friend at the company.
2.) I have an "offer" to start being a sales agent at Marcus & Millichap and learning how to sell CRE. Naturally, no salary and no reasonable commissions expected for 9-12 months- their training program seems attractive- is it well respected in the industry?- seeing mixed sentiment online, on glassdoor in particular.
3.) Training program at CoreLogic- the pay is not great, but it is an 18 month "boots to business leadership" program in a company that specializes in "Powering the Global Real Estate Economy" through "informative intelligence."
4.) Will an MBA (MSRE or MSRED) get me there quicker/ is it worth the debt for the long-game career advancement? Looking at 1 year programs only- MIT, NYU, Florida, Columbia.
5.) I see entry level analysis and valuation positions at CBRE and JLL- do I have a chance getting those? I have a friend who works there- but it is such a big company- will they take a risk on me w/o a pure finance degree?
6.) My cold online job submissions, about 30, have all been ignored for assistant project manager- unless I know someone.
Also- ARE YOU HIRING? or just need a HIGH ENERGY PASSIONATE pupil in your office- I AM YOUR MAN- wherever you are!
Thank you in advance for your insight and recommendations.