Ms. Management

Posted: 19th April 2017 by Melissa in Ms. Management
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Ms. Management

Carol Levey, writer and creator of Ms. Management also appears as a guest blogger on Rent Sense. Her insights appear in dozens of other industry publications across the country. Carol is a regular presenter at the annual AAMD Education Conference, has served as MC Host for Award Events, and consistently over 35 years of volunteerism taught & authored curriculum for AAMD Education. She has been acknowledged for her outstanding contribution as an Industry Supplier becoming the recipient of the Jack Shapiro Award Winner twice; in 1987 & 1990.

Carol Levey is perhaps more recognized at the national level as an educator in the real estate industry. She served as one of the original team that produced the National Apartment Association coursework leading to the respected NALP designation. Her company Levey Enterprises has provided temporary leasing specialists, site managers and marketing offsite personnel to major apartment community operators throughout Colorado and across the U.S. Her business was founded on decades of experience in property management and executive leadership as a third-party leasing and corporate housing provider.

Read on for this month’s Ms. Management Q and A!

Q: I started as a weekend leasing person at the apartment property where I lived with college roommates. I enjoyed it so after graduation I took a full-time leasing position at another property. That was 2 years ago and I’m the assistant manager now. Recently my family and graduating friends are asking why this is what I’m doing now that real career opportunities are available. So here’s my question. What kind of career is viable in property management?
Don’t misunderstand, I still enjoy coming to work every day; well, mostly. However, the job market seems to favor my generation and I’m energetic, good with people and love solving problems.
“Should I stay or should I go” was the song that my Dad used to sing to me when I was growing up. I guess I’m singing that stupid song now.

A: I love that song! I also applaud you asking the question. You need to ask to sort out your options. If you add purpose to a job that you enjoy, you’re more likely to establish goals and achieve objectives. These are the foundations of a satisfying career which is usually a major part of a happy life.
It sounds like all your experience has been onsite at two locations with one company? Let’s begin with asking your career question to those around you starting with your manager, others that supervise and support within your company. Add several questions to extend your quest for enlightenment.
Examples: Who else do you think I should ask about property management as a career? Is there an event, class and/or site I can check out?
The point is this. Do I believe that property management offers satisfying careers? Absolutely! I have enjoyed an amazing career that is filled with experiences and people I cherish. I have also had the privilege to meet, teach and coach within the industry all over the U.S. so I know the caliber of countless others that have enjoyed careers beyond their initial scope of expectation.
Look around your work place with your “career face” on. You are providing essential housing and personal customer service. You are accomplishing team building, financial accountability and operational management routines equivalent to a substantial retail store. Soon if your company is keeping up with “industry best practices” you will be enhancing residential services with additional convenience and more sensitivity to the environment. Multihousing will operate smarter through more connectivity. The natural progression within our industry demands career professionals. You are at the beginning, not the end. So, maybe you stay and get going?

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