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REIQ Journal : March 2010
Amanda's words of advice to women just starting out - there is no short-cut to success. "Understand that it will take time and a lot of hard work to establish yourself, build a strong pro le and learn all the skills required to be a successful agent. "Find an o ce where you have strong support from management, commit to ongoing industry training and personal development, establish your short, medium and long-term goals immediately, work hard and don't give up." A sentiment in which Angela wholeheartedly supports with her motto of the 'Three D's' -- desire, dedication and determination. Angela believes those who have the right attributes and competencies can reach a high level of success and make valuable contributions to the lives of their clients and customers along the way. "When starting on this career the strengths a woman must bring are a positive attitude, good communication skills, persistence, negotiation skills and assertiveness." So, what does the future hold for women in the real estate industry? Undoubtedly, women are becoming a driving force within the industry. Today, the REIQ Board of Directors has a female chair, Pamela Bennett, the second woman to hold this position since the inception of the Institute. And 2010 has seen ve women selected as REIQ Zone Chairs across the State. Furthermore, women are increasingly being recognised by their peers in the REIQ Awards for Excellence. The 2010 awards saw ve real estate categories taken out by females including the Commercial Salesperson of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Join your industry colleagues at the inaugural Women in Real Estate (WIRE) High Tea on Friday 19 March 2010 at Hillstone St Lucia. Enjoy an afternoon of champagne, delectable goodies and be inspired by another success story with guest speaker Barbara Hollow. For more details contact the REIQ events team on 3249 7315 or via email email@example.com. RSVP Wednesday 17 March 2010. Residential Property Manager of the Year and Corporate Support Person of the Year. Meighan Hetherington, of Property Pursuit in Brisbane's Paddington, was also named the Buyer's Agent of the Year for the third year in a row. Both Amanda and Angela agree the future looks bright. "Women generally have so many strengths and characteristics that compliment the expectations, needs and desires of buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants, so I rmly believe that we will continue to see a greater percentage of high performing, female real estate professionals," Amanda said. Angela still marvels at the extent of change; not only in the industry but in the workforce as a whole, and feels the proverbial glass ceiling may not be around for much longer. "The workforce is now made up of more women and there are more of these women who have reached the glass ceiling in all areas of business," Angela said. "Even in politics women have forged new boundaries and have more of a presence. At the end of her campaign to become America's rst female president in 2008, Hillary Clinton remarked that her 18 million votes in the Democratic Party's primaries represented 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling. "In the real estate arena I believe the ceiling is being cracked every day." REIQ Journal March 2010 15 FEATURE