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15 Mar 2012

The New Year is an exciting time for university or college graduates and the prospect of good rewards in store for all those years of studying.

Everitt says it is very important for those keen to get into the industry not to try to go it alone, but to join a big group fully set up to help them get the necessary qualifications.

One has to look at the big employment websites to appreciate that South Africa has a wealth of opportunities for bright young people with all sorts of interests, talents and qualifications, says Berry Everitt, managing director of the Chas Everitt International property group.

Major retail, motor and mining organisations, banks and accounting firms, IT companies, travel and tourism companies, engineering and legal firms and even recruitment companies themselves are all looking for qualified employees and graduate interns.

Everitt says the real estate industry is no different in being urgently in need of new recruits.

“Being an estate agent is different, however, from many corporate jobs in a number of exciting ways.”

He explains that for a start, the industry has always been highly entrepreneurial and appreciative of personal initiative, which means the financial rewards possible are not fixed like a salary or a wage but in proportion to the individual’s own commitment, hard work and training.

There is much more scope for estate agents to do really well now because there are far fewer players in an expanding market, he notes.

Estate agent numbers are down to almost a quarter of what they were four years ago, while the demand for homes keeps increasing as the population grows and the recovering economy empowers more people financially.

Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, Everitt says real estate has also really “come of age” in South Africa with the introduction of compulsory formal NQF4 and NQF5 qualifications for agents (which they can obtain while working and earning).

In short, he says deciding to become an estate agent is no longer a stop-gap or part-time job, but a real career choice with great prospects.

“It is a choice definitely worth considering for graduates, especially if they are self-starters, people orientated and ambitious.”

Everitt says it is very important for those keen to get into the industry not to try to go it alone, but to join a big group fully set up to help them get the necessary qualifications.

The groups will also provide the mentoring from top performers as well as the practical experience that will put them on the road to a really great career, he adds.

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