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4.9.12 Daily Business Review

Educating the next generation about opportunities in real estate

Margaret Nee sharing her career journey with the classroom - Small

By Margaret Nee

When I walked into my assigned classroom at Young Women’s Preparatory Academy for CREW-Miami’s annual CREW Careers, I was welcomed by a group of young women dressed in their school uniforms that left a bigger impression on me than I could have left on them.

This attentive group of girls had already spent time reading my bio, learning about my career and had written out questions they wanted to ask me about my path, its challenges and the real estate field.

The beauty of CREW Careers, which we have been organizing for the past five years, is that we get to visit local schools and introduce students who are beginning to think about their post-high school lives about careers in real estate.

This year was particularly special because we had the opportunity to speak at Young Women’s Preparatory Academy in Little Havana, the only all-girls public school in Florida which is ranked fifth in the state.

A group of CREW-Miami members, including 2012 President Maria Juncadella, Karyl Argamasilla, Iris Escarra, Marti Mang, Diane Gilbert and Joy McKenna, served as speakers and we all had the opportunity to engage in dialogue with them during breakout sessions that lasted an hour.

The students had impressive questions to ask, were curious and genuinely interested in a field they had heard little about before.

With Miami’s real estate market sizzling, more international investment landing here and the pipeline of projects preparing to break ground in the coming years, there are excellent career opportunities for new professionals entering the various fields within commercial real estate.

I’m proud that as an organization, CREW-Miami is taking proactive steps with educational programs like CREW Careers and UCREW to teach the next generation, particularly women, about career options in real estate that can lead to great success.

Who knows…some of them might become the future leaders of CREW-Miami.

For more photos, check out our CREW Careers album