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Vaishnavi has over 5 years of experience in the domain of business research & analysis. She has experience in performing in-depth analysis across commercial office, residential, investments and retail sectors pan India.
How did you get into the real estate industry?
I was a business journalist with a financial daily in Mumbai, where I tracked India’s retail sector. But I wanted to do something more than daily breaking news. I wanted to learn more and dig deeper to work on actionable and result-oriented insights. And I joined the research team at the leading International Property Consulting (IPC) firm that needed someone with a journalism background who could bring more real-time analysis to the team. Over a while, I grew my skill set to work with data more confidently to provide relevant insights to clients.
What drives you to achieve professional success?
Collaboration among colleagues with varied qualifications and challenging how things get done pushes me to give my best to work. It helps that our work in Research is genuinely collaborative as we interact with external and internal stakeholders to bring more resilience to our work and analysis.
The culture at Colliers is truly inclusive and inspiring, with my team leader and colleagues always striving to be better than we were a day before.
What’s the most fulfilling aspect of your role?
We at Research make sense of what’s happening in the dynamic real estate market. This often means finding innovative solutions as things may not be always readily available. I find this aspect incredibly satisfying.
My role gives me the freedom to experiment and tinker around. Thinking of such fresh solutions has helped us pivot to new ideas and themes over the last few months. This has led to new Research products that have been valued deeply by clients and this is what keeps me going.
What is your advice to people starting out in the industry?
Be curious. Having an open mind is even more important in this industry. The real estate industry in India is such that one cannot learn about it from one place/person. Learning can come in from any avenue. Interacting and learning from people from various backgrounds and experience levels is underrated.
What’s one piece of professional development advice that you would recommend to other people?
Never be afraid to ask more. We are often happy in our comfort zones, doing things that are familiar to us. But sometimes, it can be that one extra thing that can unshackle our minds and take our capability to the next level.