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Career Story: Investment Analyst At A Small Real Estate Investment Company

Investment Analyst At A Small Real Estate Investment Company

Job Title: Analyst

Type of Company: My company trys to find investment opportunities in mostly commercial property and the financing for these opportunities

Education: BA in business, currently completing an MBA

Previous Experience: I worked as a sales secretary form a B2B sales company and prior to that, as a receptionist and office worker at a short stay apartment/hotel/real estate company

Job Tasks: My job requirements include general office work as the company I work for is small. Most of my job is however the research and presentation of possible commercial property or other investment targets. These go to the CEO of the company who then presents them to possible investors.

My days are flexible as most of the work is project based, sometimes we do long hours when deadlines are looming but mostly I work independently in the various projects that I am working on at the time. An example would be to find possible investors in our market and analyzing their companies. I also am the personal assistant to the management and run their errands. I do quite a bit of translation work as well, as the company has two languages. I also act as a messenger between the parent company and our company.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts are being able to work flexible hours and it is very independent work. The worst is having to research something that you are not familiar with or interested in. I enjoy the company as it is small and I feel very involved in the operations. I enjoy the conversing with the CEO because I feel that I can really learn.

Job Tips: I would recommend to use your spare time researching the market and being up to date with the news. The commercial property market is dominated by a few big players and it is important to be aware of who is doing what. It is very difficult to get the hang of this work if you are unaware of the industry. Make sure you are well versed in Powerpoint and Excel as these are your main tools for the presentations you will be doing.

Additional Thoughts: This is a very interesting area and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in real estate. Small companies offer more flexibility and I feel very much a part of the company.

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