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What is a good way to introduce myself to a field so I can learn the craft so I can eventually go further?

I am an athlete who loves to travel but is interested in both sports and real estate. #traveling #sports #money

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Arshia’s Answer

Dear Owen,

Thank you for your question. It's normal to have differing interests and exploring those interests during your formative years in college. My advice is to take some time to learn about yourself and partake in career assessments. Some of these assessments are available online and more comprehensively through your college's career center. It's important to ensure your interests, values, skills, wants and needs from a career, etc. are all met through your future career path.

A great way to gain exposure and perspective is to network with professionals in the field. If you're interested in real estate, consider conducting an informational interview and interning with a realtor in your area to see if it's something you see yourself doing. Some colleges also have undergraduate programs in real estate and sports-related majors and minors, allowing you to take classes and see from an academic standpoint if it's something for you. Although real estate doesn't require a bachelors degree in real estate, sometimes it can be beneficial depending on what you're interested in doing in the field.

As for sports, there are a multitude of careers you can pursue as well, such as: sports business, media, journalism, broadcasting, analytics, and lots of other aspects of the field. I recommend doing your research in identifying what is right path for you.

Thank you,
AM

Wishing you a winning season!
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Katrina’s Answer

If you want to put your name out there and become familiar with a field, you should partner with someone within that workgroup. I also encourage my reps to have an informational interview with someone in that field. It is just a meeting where you ask questions about the role, what are the responsibilities, challenges, and the goal for the year. It may help you get a better look at the role so you can determine if this is something you would like to do. I also believe that you should meet peers and your leaders so that you can learn best practices and know who is who within that organization/ group.
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Wayne’s Answer

My recommendation is to be honest, open, up front, but not too forthcoming to reveal your ignorance. You’ll find that many times, people are more than willing to help and you may find new friends/mentors. Regardless of the platform, social media, in-person, zoom call, etc. The aged practice of treating others how you’d love to be treated is still correct.
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Serena’s Answer

Hi Owen,
To introduce yourself to a field, the best first thing to do is prepare your field work.
For instance, if your interest is in real estate, read books that introduce beginners to the industry,
or simply go on youtube to research for real estate 101 - there are plenty of resources there for your have a better idea of what it takes to be part of that industry.
Once you have a good idea of what the basics of the industry you are hoping to enter are,
you can start participating in related groups to get connected with like-minded individuals.
There are plenty of facebook groups, meetup groups and clubhouse rooms with real estate as their theme,
these will be good platforms to seek a mentor to guide you into the industry.
The above process will take time, so be patient,
and contribute time daily to hone your skills and knowledge in the field,
then you can gradually set a solid foot there and develop your career.
Good luck!
Regards,
Serena
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