After many years of building, installing software, and troubleshooting personal computers and servers, I eventually landed a job in commercial real estate. My first real estate company was a reasonably small commercial real estate brokerage firm that I held the position as Computer Specialist / Information Technology (IT), meaning if the computer were to crash, it was my responsibility to fix it, and I did. This to me was a comfortable position since I had been doing this for over 15 years.
Over the years, I’ve integrated graphic design into my skill set. I’ve taken a few courses, read a couple of books regarding everything from web design, to the Adobe Creative Cloud (it was called Adobe Creative Suite CS4 back then). I am now very proficient in creating logos, brochures, and even small marketing web pages using HTML5 and CSS. I love it! I want to become an expert at it. To me, the first commercial real estate brokerage firm allowed me an opportunity to experience and learn new and exciting skills that were parallel to what I wanted to achieve.
Now, I currently work for a rather larger international commercial real estate brokerage firm doing pretty much the creation of marketing brochures. I’m not utilizing the skills that I’ve learned in the past and want to perfect for my future. Don’t get me wrong, the corporation is a wonderful company and a great career opportunity, and the people are extremely professional and pleasant to work with. However, in all honesty, I’d much rather prefer to work with an IT team as opposed to being the sole IT guy for our company. I’d like to bounce ideas off one another, work in collaborative synergetic work environment. I would like to learn from my co-workers as much as I would like to donate my personal IT experiences with them. I want to learn and grow as a team. That, in my opinion, is how a company succeeds.