SIOR Foundation Introduces 8 students to SIOR and to the World of Commercial Real Estate
This past April at the SIOR Spring World Conference in Washington DC, the SIOR Foundation and four SIOR Chapters sponsored 8 student attendees through the Student Real Estate Experience Program. The program, now in its 4th year, provides funding to enable students studying real estate to attend industry wide conferences in order to promote commercial real estate to potential professionals as they begin to explore their career options.
From left to right: Jack Ellington - UNC Chapel Hill, John Peebles - University of South Carolina, Remi Robin - Ecole hotelieu de Lausanne, Nabeel Ahmed - University of Reading, Stephanie Maule - University of Connecticut, Anders Horwood - Oxford Brooks University. Not Pictured: Gabriela Medkova and Thelma Palmer.
After the conference, a few of the students shared their feelings about the experience:
“A key takeaway from the experience is how vested the organization is to support students entering the industry. This experience would not be possible without the SIOR Foundation who ensured we got the most from our experience. The mentors introduced us to key members and gave their time to offer advice and share anecdotes from their respective journeys in the industry. It is encouraging to see the Foundation extending their efforts to the summer school program to increase diversity and inclusion. I’m involved with a similar initiative in the UK as an ambassador for Pathways to Property, which helps promote the various career paths young students can take into the industry and achieves this by hosting careers fairs, school talks, running a free online course and a summer school. Similarly to my presence at the SIOR conference filling me with the confidence to kick start my career, these initiatives for younger students about to embark in higher education are instrumental in supporting the next generation of real estate professionals,” wrote Nabeel Ahmed following the conference. He is scheduled to graduate later this year with MSc Real Estate degree from the Henley Business School, University of Reading in the U.K. Nabeel is joining CBRE in September this year.
“I am so grateful for having the chance to attend the SIOR Conference. It was such an amazing and inspiring experience with a great networking opportunity. The topics that the speakers covered were very instructive as I have learned about the current demographic and transportation trends, how the projected future will affect businesses and change the society we live in, and many more. Before the conference, I thought it will be more formal but the whole atmosphere was very relaxed, friendly and informal, which made me to feel comfortable while networking. I have also met so many interesting and kind people and made new connections and friends. Hopefully, I will become a member of this amazing society one day,” wrote Gabriela Medkova, a Florida International University Student in Miami, FL. She is from the Czech Republic and is scheduled to graduate in December this year. She hopes to qualify for Optional Practical Training that would allow her to work in the U.S. (in commercial real estate) for one year by extending her visa.
For more information on how your chapter can participating in this exciting program, please contact the SIOR Foundation at 202.449.8208 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.