The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) has created a new level of membership: Student Member. This membership was created as a part of IREM headquarters' effort to reach out to college and university students, to introduce them to real estate management as a career choice, and to promote IREM membership as beneficial to their career.
Most people in this business will tell you that they just "fell into" their career in real estate management. Not one of them will say they aspired to or made real estate management their career choice. IREM is trying to reverse that trend, and they are targeting young people entering the work force to choose real estate management as a career.
The real estate industry is always looking for smart, ethical, dedicated management professionals to develop and operate the places where we live, work and shop. If students are looking for a profession that combines a fast-paced schedule and hands-on problem solving with creativity, credibility, flexibility and a chance to shape and improve the world in which we live and work, they will certainly find all of that and more in real estate management.
This Student Member program is a way for college students to jump-start their careers and be a step ahead of everyone else entering the very competitive job market after they graduate. Jobs in real estate management come from all sectors, not just from property management companies. Insurance firms, developers, banks, mortgage brokerage companies, real estate investment trusts (REITs), universities, colleges, government agencies, military services and investment companies all have some type of residential, office, industrial or retail property to manage. Organizations hiring real estate managers are willing to pay a premium for knowledgeable and motivated individuals.
Joining a professional organization gives you networking opportunities, career support, cutting-edge resources, pertinent education, informative seminars and many other benefits. In a recent national poll, 86 percent of hiring managers surveyed cited involvement in a trade or industry association as beneficial to an employee's career.
Therefore, IREM is inviting full-time college students to become Student Members. Nominal dues for Student Membership affords all of the traditional benefits of IREM membership such as member prices on publications, courses and events, a subscription to the Journal of Property Management, access to IREMFirst and more.
To find out more about this Student Member program, please see IREM's Web site at www.irem.org.
Eagle is an IREM member and past chapter president.