Professional Development Classes give students an edge on their competitors. The classes are held in the URBAN RETAIL PROPERTIES PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & RESEARCH CENTER (WB1210C) from 5:00-5:50. They are offered free to all real estate program students and two classes are held in fall and spring semesters for 8 weeks.
The classes are summarized below:
This course provides an opportunity to review the basic rules of business writing and to develop clarity of style, while being introduced to the language of real estate through its terms and documents. Students read real estate articles and documents and draft clear and concise summaries showing comprehension of subject matter and terminology. A full range of business document types will be written by the students and reviewed in class.
This course helps students develop skills to effectively use Microsoft Office in their personal and professional lives. Students create effective real estate documents, analysis, presentations, etc., and learn tips, tricks, shortcuts, and successful navigation through the MS Office suite of products.
In this course, students work with key real estate software programs including Argus, a financial modeling tool used in acquisition and development, and various accounting programs for asset and property management. Students use online research tools, such as Co-Star, that provide current information on commercial properties by type and by submarket. The course helps students strengthen their knowledge of analytical tools and sources of data and reduce the search time in locating industry information.
This course guides students through the numerous career options in real estate and will help polish the tools needed to successfully decide upon and pursue career choices. Students utilize various assessment, presentation and reflection techniques to define and clarify educational goals and career planning. A resume writing and interview skills workshop will be presented.