Millennials in the workplace: what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you read this? That they won’t stay there for too long? It’s only natural: young people tend to be bolder, more adventurous. But young people are ambitious, too. Their focus on “going from zero to hero” and building up their careers is perhaps stronger than anyone else’s. There are many ways in which they can develop professionally, and many choose to do so by sticking to one of their first – if not actually their first – employers. At Colliers, we’ve witnessed such accomplishments over the years. Most of our seniors joined the team when the real estate market was only budding, and our professionals grew together with it. Young professionals in a young market, it seemed only fitting. Today, however, is not about them. Even after the Romanian real estate market matured, we continued to attract young talents and established a tradition of nurturing their potential and guide it on the road from good to great.
Today, we take pride in our new generation of Young People in Real Estate.
He joined Colliers while he was only 20 and still a student at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration – Communication and Public Relations. He may have been young, but he had a budding interest for real estate, so Colliers was on his list. He took his chances and applied for the Frontdesk Receptionist position.
I have always been a person interested in the real estate market. It fascinated me since I was a child, more precisely when I saw those huge buildings in American movies. So, reading the local and international press in this sector, I also heard about Colliers. I understood that Colliers is a company that promotes young people and that was enough to convince me. I really wanted to enter this industry, so I applied for the position of receptionist. It was a very pleasant experience, as I managed to get to know all my colleagues and see exactly how this industry works. I was very happy that during the period I worked on this position, the company also offered me the flexibility to go to college, so it was the perfect mix.
There was more to Colliers than just being a real estate consultancy company that convinced Bogdan to come to us and also stay for all this time. The vibe, the energy, the people, the workplace design – these are all complementary factors that make the Colliers experience unforgettable.
I will be honest, and I will confess that the first impact took my breath away (in a good way, of course). I was fascinated from the first second by the hustle and bustle of the office, the atmosphere and, last but not least, by the design of the office. I knew right away that this is where I wanted to work. The interview went in a very pleasant way, I think I had chemistry from the first minutes with my future colleagues (Dana and Tavi). They made me feel like I was already part of the company, which helped me a lot to open up to them. This made the interview a discussion in which it seemed that an hour and a half had passed in a blink of an eye. I felt like I had been working with them for a lifetime, even though my job at Colliers is the first in my career.
Bogdan spent some time being our Frontdesk receptionist. It was nice for us to have him there, always greeting us with a warm smile in the morning, always helpful and polite. In the end, this came in handy for him as well: information and knowledge travel faster when you’re interacting with colleagues in all service lines. Business is a lot easier to understand when you hear stories from all parties, colleagues and clients alike. Your goal becomes clearer when you have a grasp on what would actually be asked of you in this industry. Bogdan stood his ground in as far as his goal was concerned, and his dedication paid off soon enough.
At first, I was a little insecure, I wanted everything to be perfect, I was very careful not to do anything wrong. During the three years, I understood how important the team is and how easily problems can be solved when everyone is aiming for the same goal. Over time, I also worked for the Retail department on the leasing side, the area where I managed to understand the real estate market, but also the leasing process. As I mentioned above, I was fascinated by these huge buildings, so in the end I turned to the office department – I thought and still believe that this is the area that suits me best. I wanted from the very beginning to become a consultant in this office area. I find very interesting the process of understanding the client's needs, of being creative in order to meet their requirements so that the office becomes a place where you can work without thinking that you have to be closed in for hours. I really like in this atypical period the fact that the offices go through a lot of transformation processes. I have always liked to embrace challenges and new things, which makes this sector more and more attractive to me; the dynamism in this sector that always pushes you to be creative and doesn't let you get bored. Currently, I work as an Intelligence Analyst in the Office 360° department. I really enjoy working with this team and I love the fact that I learn something every day. I have gained a lot of confidence and knowledge in these three years spent in Colliers, for which I would like to thank all my colleagues. At the time of my promotion I can't say that I was afraid of something because I always knew that I have some colleagues that I can rely on regardless of the situation. The whole team offered me this safety, something I really appreciate in this company.
Some things are worth waiting for. And there are some ingredients that make the wait much sweeter: the team, the passion, the goal, the lessons, the happy hours… 😊. Bogdan’s journey in Colliers so far is his Bildungsroman. His ambition goes even further – it’s time for us to be just as honest as he was: we’d like to see Bogdan becoming one of our trusted clients someday.
If there is one thing I liked from the first moments and still like it, it is the team. The fact that you come to work, and you are surrounded by beautiful people who are always ready to help seems extraordinary to me. During all this time, I think I have grown a lot. I have learned that, above all, the emphasis must be on transparency, but also on ethics. This results in these healthy relationships, both between us, as colleagues, and between us and our clients. I joined this company at the age of 20. Colliers represented the bridge to maturity for me, it occupies a very important place in my development. This aspect I think says a lot about what Colliers means to me. I think that the appreciation of the clients when you complete a project is an aspect that offers a lot of satisfaction and is a major factor that makes this job so beautiful. I see myself working in this industry for a long time from now on, it is simply something that I am passionate about, something that I do not want to give up. My dream is that one day I will be able to develop a skyscraper. I even thought of a name for it: “Aim for the moon”.
Working in real estate is a marathon, not a sprint. Bogdan understood this and his advice to young people pursuing a career in this industry goes in the same vein:
If I were to give advice to those who want to work in this industry, I’d say that it is a profession that is built in time and where the results are seen in time. I recommend them to invest continuously in their development, to be a permanent example of ethics and professionalism. I guarantee them that the satisfactions and benefits in this profession are always commensurate with their efforts and perseverance.
Bogdan, we know your promotion is quite fresh and we’re still waiting for a that celebration party. Aura, beware, you’re next on our list!