Folks, I did it. I took the plunge and I went back to school. I decided that the only way for my kids and my family to succeed is if I succeed alongside them. I have to admit it wasn’t a decision taken lightly – nope not at all. If there’s one thing I learned from meeting with the Northwood Moms last year, is that through perseverance and determination all things are possible. Since then, I’ve learned time management, time investment, and setting SMART goals. The goal setting is probably the hardest. We can all say, “Someday I’m going to backpack across Europe.” But hardly anyone ever says or even writes down exactly how they’re going to do it, when they’re going to do it, etc. Having hard set goals, envisioning them and then finally achieving them is the only way to go about success.
So yes I took the plunge and started school again. Working from home is wonderful, but I know that with more accolades and more of an educational background, I would be taken more seriously. This past first week of school hasn’t been easy – especially because the classes are online. (No I’m not a hermit – I do go to the grocery store!) If you’re used to a brick and mortar school, online is completely different. But I do have more distractions and more time constraints now. It’s hard, but the road to success isn’t meant to be easy right?
Going back to school isn’t for everyone and many moms I know are actually looking for a flexible out of the home career. I say career because let’s face it – a job just doesn’t cut it anymore – not in this economy nor this generation. See, over at Northwood Moms, they get this need for flexibility. They know moms are busy but somehow always manage to “get it done” whatever it is that needs to get done. It truly is a woman’s world out there, no longer are we dependent on men in the workforce. We get to pave our own road to success and Northwood Reality Services helps you. Look at what Northwood Reality Services has to offer you:
- When you make the decision to start a career in real estate, Northwood Realty Services will help you schedule a meeting with a recruiter so you know exactly what to expect in the journey to becoming an agent.
- Once you decide a career with Northwood Real Estate Services is for you, Northwood offers classes to help you prepare to take your real estate exam. Including real estate principles, laws and terminology, these classes – plus a special cram course right before the licensing exam — will help you feel confident.
- After you’re licensed, Northwood Realty Services offers an undergraduate program of 15 classes that cover a wide variety of topics, including what is involved in the day-to-day as a real estate agent, how to give a presentation, how to find prospective clients, etc. These classes let new agents talk to people in the business, ask questions, receive more hands-on training, and be able to answer the all-important question: “I have my license, now what do I do?” Northwood Realty Services also offers a Master Class for seasoned agents.
- An important aspect of the Northwood culture is their mentor and coaching programs. New agents are paired up with an experienced, successful agent for mentoring and shadowing opportunities. This relationship helps new agents work with seasoned professionals to develop their own skills and techniques.
- Northwood Realty Services take a true team approach to its business. Each office has at least, one manager and an administrative manager onsite, and a coach, tech trainer, mentor manager and regional trainer who visit the office regularly.
- Technology also plays a role in the real estate process. Northwood has tech trainers come to each office to offer all agents one-on-one support and training for any of the new programs, assist with each agent’s personal website, and other related training.
If you’re looking for a career, and you think real estate is for you, give Northwood a call. They are local to Pittsburgh, but the tips I’ve outlined below work in any state, and any country!
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So my tip to you to balance school, work and family are the following:
- Set a realistic schedule and stick to it.
- Confront your concerns – write them down, acknowledge them and work through them.
- Enroll the help of other family members to get things done.
- Set SMART goals and revisit them.
- Take breaks – just for yourself.
- Don’t procrastinate – this takes you off course and it’s hard to come back from it.
- Ask for help when you need it – don’t be too proud.
I’ve been doing this myself and so far it’s been working out great. We’ve had a few hiccups (kids are still learning that mom has a different schedule now) but nothing major that has taken me off track. Balancing can be a hard game to learn, but once everything is in its place it’s easy going from there.
Let’s Keep the Conversation Going – How have you managed balancing school, work, and family?