Personality, skills and experience are as important as academic achievement, and many people in the occupation are not graduates. However, while a degree is not an essential entry requirement, increasing competition for employment means that taking a degree, foundation degree or HND in one of the following subjects may give you an advantage:
A postgraduate qualification is not required; professional examinations can be taken in-service and many people start their careers as trainees.
While pre-entry experience is not essential, a sales or administrative background is very useful as it can demonstrate that you have the required skills. A customer service background can also show that you have good communication skills. There are increasing amounts of legislation applicable to property transactions, which have to be understood by entrants into the profession, so experience of legal work may also be an advantage.
Candidates need to show evidence of the following personal qualities and skills:
It may be possible to enter the profession at an administrator level and then progress to an estate agent with experience.
Competition for entry varies according to the state of the economy, particularly the property market. Finding vacancies in buoyant times is relatively easy, but positions may not always be advertised so there is a need to make general enquiries on an informal basis.
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