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UW Real Estate Club's Spring Semester Kickoff

Posted By Paige Riemann, Friday, February 14, 2020


To kickoff the Spring Semester of UW Real Estate Club, the student organization hosted their first meeting on February 6th featuring Alissa Adler (MS 1999), Senior Vice President of Colliers | Chicago for their Office Capital Markets Team. Adler has over thirty years of experience nationwide in various areas of the industry, with over $1.2 billion transacted over the course of her career. Before working at Colliers, she was a leader in the Middle Market Investment Advisory Team at Podolsky Circle CORFAC International. Adler is also an Honoree of Crain’s 2019 Notable Women in Commercial Real Estate and Bisnow’s 2018 Chicago Power Women of Commercial Real Estate. 

At the meeting, she had great advice for students as they prepare for interviews and employment. This was especially helpful for our students to hear at this time, because of the Career Fair on February 10th, where over 25 employers shared opportunities with our students. 

Adler discussed that you need to know yourself in order to maximize your skills, to eventually find the job that is right for you. Although she believes that you should not rule a career position out, she recommends that if you are aware of where your personality fits into the industry, that you focus your time in that sector. She said students should also consider whether they want to work for a big company or a small company, or if their company allows and/or encourages individuals to invest in real estate. All important things for students to think about when looking for employment. 

She also shared interviewing tips. She stressed the importance of a typo-free resume, quick response time when communicating with companies, the importance of both a thank-you note and a clean social media presence. She recommended that students join student organizations, such as the Real Estate Club, and that they start building a database of business cards with notes on how they met each person.

Freshman, Ava Wisniewski valued the meeting and said “Real Estate Club speakers are always well-spoken and able to share so much about their experience. I love when they bring in women from the industry because they have a different perspective on things. Alissa Adler had fantastic advice for the club regarding interview etiquette and resume building. As a freshman, hearing tips from speakers and learning about the different career paths you can take in real estate are what I benefit from the most. I learn something new about the industry every meeting.”

Lastly, Adler spoke that as professionals and people-all we have is our time and our integrity, a value that the UW Real Estate program places great importance on. 

The meeting was a great start to the Spring Semester. Next, the REC looks forward to their bi-annual field trip, where they will travel to Austin, Texas. 

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