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Young People in Real Estate: Meet Corina Dragomir

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.

 

Meet Corina, our 29-year-old Transaction Manager and the artistic eye in the investment team (we’re not kidding, she’s an amazing painter, just check her Instagram page here).

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As it is for many of our young professionals, Colliers is her first job experience: Corina started as an intern while still in college: despite her major, Marketing at the University of Economic Studies in Bucharest, she chose the Valuation path at Colliers, but this would later change.

I was looking for an internship while finishing my first year of master’s degree. I didn’t know much about Colliers before, the company’s name got my attention, it was pleasant-sounding and attractive for the ears, so I just sent the application. I got accepted and started to work as an intern within the Valuation department for almost four months.

If you were not convinced yet about how cool our office was (and an even cooler headquarters is coming soon), we hope that Corina’s first impression will properly disclose the dynamic and vibe of our environment:

When I first walked into the Colliers office, I noticed it was spacious, bright and cosy, , very colorful, modern with  a lovely view, brimming with the sounds of enthusiastic working people. Then I thought this is the place where the action happens, therefore it could be an exciting place for me to work in. Almost 6 years later I can confirm that by then I was right.

There’s an old Romanian saying that goes like this (attention, literal translation coming up): “the man sanctifies the place”. Based on what our colleagues keep claiming, the workplace experience we provide seems to be unforgettable. But it’s not just about the design; it’s also about the people working there. Even in Corina’s case, the first contact in the interview made a lasting impression on her.

I remember at some point the interview turned into a casual, friendly conversation which made me feel more comfortable, relaxed, and helped me express and argue my thoughts better. Also, talking to some of my future colleagues helped me discover that I could not only meet new people, but also see potential friends with whom I can work, do sports, or enjoy other cool events.

From that point onwards, Corina’s journey began. She is a travel enthusiast and a little bit of a mountain explorer, so you’ll notice how the trails she’s trodden professionally match her choice of hobbies: tour and climb higher and higher!

Colliers is my first job. I barely noticed when the time has flown by since I joined the company, almost 6 years ago. Since then, every single day has been full of learning opportunities and great experiences. My journey began with the internship step within the Valuation department for a limited period, precisely for four months. During that time, I was still in college and I left the company and the country for an international exchange program in Verona, Italy. In 2015, after the end of the exchange experience, I came back and I was invited to join the team, by selecting from two job offers within different Colliers departments. I chose to explore the Investment sector and started to work as an Assistant for almost one year and a half, helping the entire team with different type of support activities. Afterwards, I got promoted as Transaction Manager and today I oversee the delivery of marketing materials, varied studies, or research reports for the projects which we are promoting, and the conducting of different phases of the Due Diligence process.

Some of you might wonder what is it that kept such a creative spirit in a corporate environment for so long. The misconception in this case would be that Colliers offers a traditional corporate environment. Again, as Corina puts it, it’s all about the people who give you the chance to take risks and grow and personal desire to do just that.

The learning curve at Colliers is very steep and I felt it’s a fitting environment where I can meet different opportunities to absorb valuable know-how from lots of challenging circumstances in a short period of time, due to diverse departments, tasks, and projects I have been involved in so far. Also, it is the team spirit, fun, and freedom that fills me with energy and helps me embrace the responsibilities of each working day. As soon as I started to work at Colliers, I liked its special atmosphere and distinct energy. The people I work with are highly committed and they like finding innovative solutions together through networking with others. What I appreciate most about Colliers is its open culture based on trust and respect where everybody can be themselves, and where everyone’s opinion is valued. I really like that Colliers provides a cool and flexible working environment where people are co-workers and friends and they carry with them the lively spirit of creating an impact #together. During my time at Colliers, I’ve learned many things, both professionally and personally, but some played a critical role of growth for me: never lose perspective, be grateful, be brave. I think I am still the same person as before but seasoned with more professional and personal knowledge. My day-to-day work is an exciting journey, with lots of activities. My favorite part consists in the challenge of getting to know and understand the client and the client needs and offering them the most suitable solutions.

A painter’s advice on starting a real estate career? Simple:

Don't be afraid to make mistakes, be brave and take risks.

Corina, we’re curious if Colliers can keep being your source of inspiration, your muse in your professional adventure. Keep us posted. Until then, we’ll hear from Vlad, next week!