How long have you been working in the real estate industry?
I have been working in this industry for almost 10 years. Prior to joining Colliers, I worked at a building materials and furniture company for a couple years.
How did you get started in this industry? What was the path that led you to where you are today?
Actually, my education at university, which was architecture, was related to real estate. I also remember that one of the subjects I learned while at university was Project Management (PM), so I was not clueless about property when I applied for a job at Colliers. I really enjoy working here in this industry, especially in our PM team.
What do you like about the industry?
In my opinion, working in this industry is not monotonous. Having worked in the PM team for almost 10 years, I have been appointed to handle a variety of property projects, and every project comes with a different challenge; and I have also met a lot of different people who offer new and different knowledge. For me, it’s almost impossible to get bored while working here.
Who inspires you?
My dad inspires me the most, and he is one of the reasons I am working in this field right now. As a teenager, just like every other teenager, I had no idea what to do in the future, as I didn’t have a lot of hobbies. But, back then my dad used to draw furniture as a hobby, and it led to my interest in doing the same. With an interest in drawing and doing it as a hobby, I got myself into architecture as my major at university, even though I wasn’t really sure of what an architect did. But, it turned out quite good, and here I am right now.
What has your greatest achievement been to date?
An unforgettable project that I want to share here was when I was appointed to handle a multinational technology company back in 2018. That was the first time I handled quite a big project, where my team and I met and discussed the project with stakeholders from several countries around the world. Our team had to schedule meetings while adjusting for time zones in India, France, etc. I feel that the project opened my mind a lot in terms of handling the management of a project. It became a foundation of what I am doing right now, where most of our clients are international companies.
The other project that I think was one of my personal achievements was a project that I handled while I was pregnant. At that time, I felt that somehow my client underestimated my capabilities as a project manager, but I always try to do my best. The project ran quite well and was completed before my due date. I was really proud and happy with myself because not only did I finish the project well, but I proved to myself, and everyone involved in the project, and also our client, that even though I was pregnant, it didn’t mean I couldn’t do things beyond expectations.
What advice would you give to someone starting and considering a role like yours?
The basic advice that I would give to anyone is that they need to be very patient. When we start to work anywhere, whatever the sector, we won’t immediately enjoy all the tasks involved, but we should patiently enjoy the process. Another piece of advice based on my experience is that there will always times when we are underestimated, and what we need to do is give of our best and prove that we know what we are doing. The result will come as a result of our efforts.
If you were not working in this industry, what do you think you would be?
Most of my college friends are now working in the banking sector, if they didn’t get a job in architecture or the real estate industry as their first job. There is a possibility that I would have ended up being in the banking industry as well.
What do you do when you're not at work?
I usually spend my spare time with my family. When I am working in a project, on weekdays I work from the early morning until the end of the working day, and even do overtime some times. I arrive home quite late and usually find that my children are already asleep. So, just like other families, my husband and I usually spend time with our children on weekends or holidays. We do some basic sports, take them swimming, or just accompany them to play anything they want.
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