I’ve always been open to spending time with someone who is looking for a job. Recently, I’ve spent more time with people who are in or coming out of graduate real estate programs. All of these folks are passionate about the industry and a good number went back to graduate school, after working in the industry for some number of years, to hone their skills in finance, etc. so as to make themselves more attractive to developers, investment management firms and the like. There aren’t a lot of jobs (or internships) available to them right now and in many cases it appears that employers who are looking to hire someone are looking for someone who has exactly the same experience or skills that they believe they need for that job. I’m not sure whether there’s a right or wrong in this but I feel that some employers may be passing over people who could really add value to their organizations by not looking at people ‘holistically.’ And, as a good friend said to me today, “I’m not always right but I’m always certain." It’s been particularly rewarding for me to spend time with those looking to enter or re-enter the industry or change jobs. I learn something from each person about them and about myself. I’d encourage you to open your schedule, for just 20 minutes, and meet with people who are looking to learn more about your take on the industry. You never know, you may meet someone who you want to walk down the hall to meet with one of your colleagues because, even if you weren’t actually looking to add someone, there’s a spark that comes out of a meeting that may light a fire and result in a valuable addition to your firm.
July 12-13: Beverly Hills, CA to attend the NMS Roundtable (Endowments & Foundations)
Photo: Sean Felix who will be two in a few weeks!
These are my views and not that of my employer.