Career kick-start: Entering real estate as an alternative to university

Karyn Starmer 18 February 2020 18
Kieran Jackson

McIntyre Property’s Kieran Jackson recommends school leavers think about a career in real estate. Photo: Supplied.

With school done and dusted and their ATAR results behind them, many of 2019’s year 12 students will be making plans to go to university, but for others the path is less certain.

Queanbeyan’s Kieran Jackson wasn’t sure what he wanted to do, so he took a few years to work it out and has now kicked off a career in real estate.

Mr Jackson graduated from St Edmund’s College in 2015 and said he knew back then that university was not for him.

“At school there was a big focus on getting a degree but I didn’t agree with that. I am very much a hands on person. I had a part time job at Q-One Aquatics while I was at school, so when I finished I took on a full-time role as a supervisor there to see where that would take me,” he said.

Mr Jackson worked at Q-One Aquatics until he felt he needed a change in direction.

“I was chatting with a mate who worked in real estate and I actually had a light bulb moment. Everything about his job appealed to me. I figured that I had nothing to lose so I applied for a job in real estate. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into but I was keen to find out.”

Mr Jackson entered the world of property, working as a business development manager in property management for six months, before joining McIntyre Property as a sales trainee working directly with proprietor Col McIntyre. Three months into his new job he is bursting with enthusiasm for his new role and future career prospects.

“I was pretty nervous when I started. You hear stories about long hours and having to work on weekends but this is a great industry to be in. Every day is different. I am not the type for sitting in an office all day so this is great. I find the flexibility stimulating,” Mr Jackson said.

“The best part of this job is that you genuinely get to help people. Yes, you do have to work long hours but McIntyre Property have a great support system and the rewards are there if you are prepared to get stuck into it.”

Mr Jackson said Col McIntyre has been the perfect mentor.

“Col said from the outset that he would teach me about the industry. He is pretty easy to work with and always flexible. No one at McIntyre Property is scared to ask for help when they need it.”

Mr Jackson said his passion is working closely with people to achieve dream results and he has set himself the goal of being able to sell and list on his own properties in just two years.

When asked what advice he would give to school leavers right now, he said a career in real estate is well worth considering if you are willing to work hard.

“I am glad that I didn’t go to uni and rack up a HECS debt just to change my mind. I now have a great job. You probably need to be the type of person who wants to get in there and get things done. You have to learn so much but it is worth it,” Mr Jackson said.

“If you know deep down that university is not for you, you don’t have to follow your friends. A career is real estate is a great option. Just get out there and apply for jobs. Your employer can help you get qualified or you can do it on your own. Be prepared for long days but there are real rewards at the end.”

Young people who are looking to pursue a career in real estate can get in touch with Col McIntyre or Jo Matters from McIntyre Property.

Read more about Kieran Jackson or browse his available property listings at Zango.

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18 Responses to Career kick-start: Entering real estate as an alternative to university
Belinda Pasfield Belinda Pasfield 8:26 am 11 Feb 20

Congratulations Kieran, this is 😎 awesome

Jenny Maszaro Jenny Maszaro 9:48 am 09 Feb 20

Well done Kieran, a long way from kindy at St Greg’s xx

Gordon Turner Gordon Turner 8:48 pm 08 Feb 20

Hallo Sonia and Paul you have slowly young man wish him good luck in his career love Aunty dawn x x x

Danni Casey Danni Casey 6:32 pm 08 Feb 20

Nice photo Sonia Moriarty Jackson. Good on him❣❣

Helen Mortlock Helen Mortlock 3:06 pm 08 Feb 20

Good on you Kieran

Sharyn Widdowson Sharyn Widdowson 2:00 am 08 Feb 20

Well said Kieran... so many wonderful alternatives for our hard working youth...

Proud mum moment Sonia ❤️❤️

    Sonia Moriarty Jackson Sonia Moriarty Jackson 12:16 pm 08 Feb 20

    Sharyn Widdowson Thank you! As we know Uni is not for everyone and it does take courage to step outside of this pressure that’s placed on kids at school to continue on with study gaining degrees etc...being a good hard working person who’s contributing positively in the community comes in different ways...this is Kieran’s way!...fingers crossed his enthusiasm and success is recognised in the real estate industry ❤️❤️

    Tiffany Widdowson Tiffany Widdowson 9:54 am 09 Feb 20

    Sonia Moriarty Jackson 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 look at him go!

Antonia Parkes Antonia Parkes 9:46 pm 07 Feb 20

Awesome Sonia and Paul!

    Sonia Moriarty Jackson Sonia Moriarty Jackson 12:21 pm 08 Feb 20

    Antonia Parkes Thanks Toni! We continue to encourage our boys to try news things, follow their dreams and contribute positive to society ....the world is their oyster!😘

Jasmine Henjak Jasmine Henjak 7:52 pm 06 Feb 20

Great Work Kieran Jackson 🙌🙌

Jo Matters Jo Matters 5:05 pm 06 Feb 20

Nice work Kieran Jackson

Annie Rhodes Annie Rhodes 4:35 pm 06 Feb 20

Congratulations Keiran Jackson

    Kieran Jackson Kieran Jackson 6:35 pm 06 Feb 20

    Annie Rhodes Thanks Anne!

    Justine Bellas Justine Bellas 8:45 pm 06 Feb 20

    Annie Rhodes thought I recognised the name!!!

    Finlay Bellas

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