The Jobs That Get Better With Age
Do older people make better Real Estate agents? Are there other jobs we do better too?
Ten per cent of licensed agents and 9% of sales consultants in the real estate industry are working way past the retirement age in Australia. Social media, changes in legislation, time constraints on lifestyle, competitiveness within the industry and advertising demands are all features of the property industry, so what keeps seniors interested in the business and can they keep up with changes and demands of the job?
The reality is, senior agents and sales consultants are being hired by vendors and employed by agencies for their results. This could be one of the few industries that is ageless and provides flexibility in working hours for agents well into their 70’s and 80’s.
Cheryl Oprandi was teaching science in the UK when she and her husband emigrated to Australia. When she arrived in Perth she was offered a job at Curtin University as a lecturer but it was a light bulb moment for Cheryl.
She asked herself if that was really what she wanted to continue doing and it turns out, it wasn’t.
Following her heart (something we hear a lot of here at the Fiftyup Club), she enrolled in a Real Estate agent’s course and for the past 4 years she has been working in real estate.
The transition has been so good, her husband also left his job and completed the course and now both of them work in the industry.
We spoke to Cheryl on the Daily Drive show this week and we asked her about the popular misconceptions about real estate agents….hear her reply here.
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