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REC Meeting Features Tips for First Ever Fall Career Fair

Posted By Paige Riemann, Wednesday, October 2, 2019




The Wisconsin Real Estate students have started the fall semester off strong with their first Real Estate Club meeting on September 12th and the Fall Real Estate Career Fair on September 16th. 

The first meeting had a large number of returning members and eager freshmen. It was focused on preparation for the Career Fair with discussions led by Graaskamp Center staff Mark Eppli, Director and Greg Reed, Assistant Director, along with Zach Pagel (BBA ‘16) who is a National Real Estate Representative at McDonald’s. 

Following networking among undergraduates and MBA students, the panel started by teaching the importance of first impressions, including the attention that should be placed on appearance and making eye contact. Eppli and Reed also emphasized the value that the department places on respect, and how students represent the program. The panel discussed the importance of preparation for an interview, and how to leverage the WREAA directory to see if there are any alumni at the firm. It was noted that all students have a complimentary WREAA membership with access to the directory. 

The students utilized the discussion from the first Real Estate Club meeting while at the Career Fair, where over 180 students and 40 companies were present. All real estate students were able to build connections with the goal of acquiring an internship or full-time position. This is the first year that the Real Estate Club has hosted a career fair in the fall. With more and more internship applications due in the fall, it is essential for students to have the opportunity to exchange resumés and learn about internships early into the school year. 

Kelsey Ault, a Junior in the Wisconsin Real Estate Program said, “The Real Estate Career Fair was an extremely valuable experience. The recruiters I spoke with were very personable and informative. For someone who would like to work outside the Midwest, I was happy to see firms from all across the country recruiting.” 

Thank you to all recruiters and real estate professionals who came to the Career Fair, we thank you for taking the time to discuss great opportunities with our students. We are looking forward to the Spring Career Fair! 

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