Are you a “people person” who thrives on teamwork, collaboration and working closely with clients or colleagues? If so, you’ll be happiest and do your best work if those are key components of your job. If not, you may want to find a more people-centric field – hello, property management. “For me, the best part of my job is the opportunity to interact frequently with homeowners and Board members,” says Lee-Moran. “Depending on the person or situation, I may need to be a manager, advisor, coach, educator, advocate, counselor or mediator. It’s very rewarding to have the opportunity to help people every day and make a real difference in their lives and lifestyles.”
Maybe you’re not happy with the salary or future earnings potential of your current position. Or perhaps you’re stuck in a dead-end job, with no opportunities for advancement. Or maybe, like Prince Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne, you’ve been waiting a really long time for a higher level position to become available – and you don’t have a clue when that might happen. Well, if ascending to the monarchy isn’t an option, you may want to take a look at property management. The industry is robust and continues to evolve, with a growing number of opportunities in field management, corporate and industry partner positions across the U.S. and Canada. And quality property management companies reward success and achievement, offering competitive salaries, bonuses and benefits, as well as ongoing opportunities for financial and personal growth.
Is the fear of not having the right skills or training holding you back from switching careers? Well, if you’re sharp, ethical, motivated and have a commitment to customer service, you’re actually a great candidate for property management. A good property management company will invest in your success and support you with ongoing training and resources. For example, Lee-Moran’s employer established the FirstService Residential School of Professional Development, offering classroom and hands-on courses to enhance associates’ knowledge and skills and ensure they deliver service excellence.
Additionally, the company offers specialized training for qualified candidates to fast-track them for key management positions. “It can take as little as three years for property management or community management associates to receive the hands-on training and experience they need to manage their own luxury building or property,” explains Christopher Christie, Senior Director of Residential Hospitality for FirstService Residential’s South Florida High-Rise Division, and a lecturer at Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Like any industry, property management isn’t the right choice for everyone, but if you’re looking for a rewarding career that offers ongoing opportunities for personal and financial growth, it just may be the best fit for you. To learn more about property management career opportunities, visit http://join.fsresidential.com.