Career Decision

I’m interested in joining the real estate industry from an unusual angle, and I’m asking around for insight and guidance.

For the last few years I’ve been trying to reconcile my long term goals into a logical sequence of events, but I’m afraid my planning is not without a share of errors, and ones no less compounded by the hopeful perspective of youth. I followed the credence of hard work and discipline by seeking to acquire a Bsc. in life sciences without much intention to pursue a career in that domain. I put great value into what interdisciplinary knowledge a Bsc. in Biology would yield in finance along with the strong foundations analytical skills that it would inevitably provide.

I have since graduated, and six months out of university have initiated the process of becoming a Paramedic in the oil fields where a six figure income would help seed my investments. I wish to invest as a career and be involved in the development of real estate having been hooked by the creative side of investing years ago. However, I’m beginning to second guess my latest venture amid concerns that it too closely mirrors my motivations to acquire a Bsc. for the reward of secondary benefits. Should I pursue capital at the expense of relevant experience as a six figure paramedic, or set about making myself an attractive candidate for hire at a company relevant to my goals where I could develop industry knowledge to help ensure success. I’d be very interested in any advice you have to give.

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Jan 30, 2015
RE: Career Decision
by: Tom

Wow, thank you for sharing such intimate detail of your life.

Without knowing you personally this is a very difficult one for us. The two options you've laid out both make sense.

Over the years we've met many people who have taken on careers that pay well and proceeded to aggressively build their real estate portfolios with the income. They then had choices in their life, to either proceed with their career or leverage the income from their properties to choose another path.

We've also seen people pursue careers in a goal related field and quickly worked their way into a situation where they were taking the industry knowledge and personally using it to build their network and property portfolios.

So either would work.

If we had to choose we would select the one that got us the most life skills the fastest, with the most stress possible because those are the situations you quickly learn and grow from. It also helps when you're young to get a good income as fast as possible b/c most people aren't disciplined enough to avoid debt and if you get a job without good income early then you may dig yourself a hole that's difficult to get out of.

The bottom line is without knowing much more about you and the opportunities in front of you it's difficult to give any more advice but if you're ever in our neck of the woods (Oakville, Ontario) feel free to contact our office and we're more than happy to sit down and chat.

- Tom.

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