I began my journey in real estate as a Real Estate Transaction Coordinator and Real Estate Assistant. Both job roles will really prepare you to become a successful Real Estate Agent, not only will you learn the fundamentals of real estate but you will also gain experience. This is one alternative in which you don't need a real estate license to start a career in real estate. I personally suggest this route before investing your time and money in a real estate license because you are able to determine if this is the career for you. Once you make the decision you could move forward with obtaining a license and branching out on your own. Other options include internships or job shadowing, this allows for again, a better understanding of the job and to build relationships which is very beneficial in the world of real estate, perhaps maybe even gain a mentor.
To obtain an actual real estate license you must first check with the state in which you want to conduct real estate transactions. In California, you have to take courses and complete a specific amount of hours which will then qualify you to take the state exam. Many community colleges offer real estate programs, personally, I would go this route because you can also add business courses. Many people don't understand that becoming a realtor is just like running and operating a business, therefore, understanding how to run a business is crucial.