Tell us about your chosen career path. Where do you work? Would you consider this your dream job? Why?
I have been in property management since I graduated college and currently work in this field in Denver. I graduated with a marketing degree but did not have any luck in Houston getting a job in that field with advertising companies. After taking a temp job for 6 months a permanent job presented itself with a property management company. It was an entry level position but that position is what got me excited about property management. I have been in the property management industry for 24 years now.
I currently work for a privately held company overseeing a portfolio of properties from Sedona, Az to Louisville, Ky and from Chicago to Houston. Throughout my career I pushed myself to advance and thoroughly love being involved with property management. It is definitely my dream job and offers me a different set of challenges every day. It’s not cookie cutter and everything changes with the next email or phone call.
How did you get to where you are now? What mistakes have you made? What would you do differently if you could go back?
I worked hard. Spent 10 years in administrative positions learning all I could about the industry. Always took on new projects, asked questions and set my goal of overseeing properties. Mistakes along the way have been made – sometimes with how I chose to correct an issue. But I used them as learning tools so I wouldn’t make that mistake again. If I had to do it all over again, I probably would not have accepted an internal position with a former company at a different building. Loved that company and the environment I was working in at the time. It was a difficult decison to make but I eventually decided to accept the offer. The move and promotion led to my leaving the company at a later date due to mean spirited coworkers in the new location who were jealous of me.
What is the best thing about your job? What is the worst?
The best thing about my current job is the team we have created in our property management department. There are three property managers and two admins. We have a cohesive team and back each other all day, everyday.
The worst thing is the friction between accounting and property management. As our company has grown they try to push more tasks over to us that we feel should remain with accounting. Right now I would have to say it is definitely the worst accounting/property management relationship I have ever been involved with. And we have scheduled a big meeting in September to sort through the issues. And, as an added task, we have all taken this personality test in hopes of learning how to work better together.
What would you like to achieve in 10 years? Have your goals changed since the beginning of your career?
Become an Asset Manager – my former Asset Manager says she sees in me the qualities it takes to become a good Asset Manager. I’ve been in a Property Manager role for 14 years and she says I am ready to move up to the next step.
Once I got into Property Management I always new I wanted to be a Property Manager. I’ve been one, a damn good one, for 14 years and had not thought about the next step until the past year. With her encouragement that next step is now in my sights – I will be an Asset Manager one day.
If someone with your personality type was just about to start looking for their first job, what advice would you give them?
Don’t lose sight of your goals and make sure that whatever career you choose, you enjoy waking up and going to it each day. If you don’t enjoy it then it’s time to find a new career. And, stay organized – it’s the key to everything in a career.
Looking back at your career, what do you regret most? What makes you feel happy?
The hours I have put in. I love what I do – it’s my passion career wise. My only regret is that the passion for it makes it hard to keep defined boundaries between work and home.
Knowing I’ve accomplished a goal and made a good decision, whether at work or home, is what makes me happy.
In your opinion, which traits of your personality help you the most? Which ones are the most problematic?
My instinct to know what to do automatically is what serves me well as well my ability to remain patient no matter what the issue is. The most problematic trait is my inability to say “no” when I need to – I like to be helpful but need to remember I can’t always help everyone.
If there was one thing you could change about your personality, what would that be?
Be as organized as my Asset Manager – nothing slips by her. I am working on that but it is work in progress.
What about you?
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