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Real Estate Hiring Outlook Improves for 2012

The Real Estate Connection: February 2012
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An unstable economy slowed recruiting efforts over the past two years, but that is changing now. With more than 240,000 new jobs added to the economy in January and unemployment at the lowest the lowest level since 2009, the hiring outlook is cautiously optimistic. The 2012 Real Estate Club Career Fair built on this optimism by bringing together over 100 talented real estate students with and some of the top companies in the industry.

The fair hosted 26 firms, including Associated Bank, Equity Office and Freddie Mac, at its new location in the Union South. Ben Schmidt, a real estate MBA student and career fair coordinator, emphasizes that attending the fair is a wise investment of time for both students and employers.

Real Estate Career Fair January 2012

"The career fair provides students the opportunity to connect with many different firms from many different sectors of the real estate industry all in one evening," says Schmidt. "For companies, the event is a great opportunity to meet students who are specifically interested in real estate. UW has a great real estate tradition, and our students bring unique skills to the table. Recruiters recognize and value our students' advanced knowledge and skills specific to real estate."

Steve Feeney and Nathan Ross, both real estate alums who now work for Equity Office, have experienced firsthand the benefits of attending of the career fair. Last year, Feeney landed his current job with Equity Office through connections made at the event. This year, Feeney and Ross attended the career fair on the hiring side as representatives of Equity Office. Ross says, "Equity Office hires Wisconsin students because the curriculum they study has an intense real estate focus -- this gives them an advantage over the competition."

Real Estate Career Fair January 2012

Sharon McCabe, Director of Recruiting for the Graaskamp Center, says that providing students with all the resources of the University, the School of Business and the Center is the key to ensuring that students are well prepared for their career in real estate.

"The Graaskamp Center places a high priority on familiarizing students with the industry's unique hiring and recruitment process," says McCabe. "Since most jobs in real estate come from networking and personal connections, we try to help our students foster contacts through resources like the career fair, our extensive alumni network, and the Graaskamp Board of Advisors."

Real Estate Career Fair January 2012

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Featured Events

Round Three Application Deadline for Real Estate MBA is March 16
The application process for the Wisconsin Real Estate MBA is well-underway. The second round deadline is March 16. Alumni and friends of the program are encouraged to refer candidates to the Graaskamp Center. Please contact Sharon McCabe or apply here. For some application advice, see Sharon's tips on our blog here.

Spring Board Meeting – “New Beginnings: Assessing the State of Our Industry”
On April 17-18 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, the Graaskamp Center will bring together an all-star lineup of real estate leaders and renowned academics to discuss “New Beginnings: Assessing the State of Our Industry.” The keynote address by Lee Neibart, Global CEO of AREA, on Tuesday evening and the sessions on Wednesday will explore the outlook for the real estate industry, provoke discussion on long delayed issues of debt resolution and infrastructure investment, and look to broader global issues affecting our region. View agenda. Register online.

Events Calendar

May 3
AREIT Board Meeting
Madison, WI

May 17-19
Madison, WI

June 6-7
Graaskamp Center Spring Board Meeting
American Club
Kohler, WI

Sept 18-19
WREAA Trends Conference
Chicago, IL

October 16
Graaskamp Roundtable Dinner
Madison, WI

October 17
Wisconsin Real Estate & Economic Outlook Conference
Madison, WI

November 21
Fall Board Dinner
New York, NY

November 22
Global Real Estate Markets Conference
New York Stock Exchange
New York, NY