The school year has begun, which means it’s time to grab your 2017-2018 membership! Still undecided? Here are ten reasons why ten dollars is more than worth your while.
1. Grow your professional network
UBC REC events are attended by more than just students – they’re also great spots to speak with faculty, alumni and representatives from reputable industry firms. Vancouver’s Real Estate industry is a tightly-knit community, so recognizing more faces is always a plus.
2. Explore career options
Surprise – real estate is more than just selling houses! Jobs in real estate exist on many sides of the industry, including development firms, the real estate-finance sector, brokerage, and beyond. As a member you’ll get to learn more about the streams within this broad field, and attend events like our member-exclusive office tour, where you’ll get to see the offices of potential employers first-hand.
3. Gain an international perspective
Vancouver’s market is one of a notable international presence, reflective of the real estate industry as a whole. You may not know where your career will take you – but Vancouver or abroad, a broader view on what fuels transactions is always beneficial. Which leads to the next perk of UBC REC membership:
4. Follow market activity
Vancouver’s real estate market is very active, with major transactions surrounding not only housing and other residential projects. Speakers at events such as our winter Speaker Series will tell you what trends to watch, offering insight on topics beyond what is usually found in mainstream media.
5. Enhance your networking skills
Whether you’re a networking novice or more experienced, we’ve got the event for you! Casual events like our Alumni Night held at One-Under Golf Simulation Bar provide a relaxed atmosphere, while our Industry Night at the Fairmont Pacific rim provides a classy, high-end environment for students and professionals alike.
6. Learn something new
You don’t need to be enrolled in Sauder’s real estate specialization, or even be a commerce student in general, to appreciate what this field has to offer. Many industry professionals began their careers studying an alternate focus, before transitioning to real estate. Regardless of whether or not working in real estate is your end goal, there’s much to explore.
7. Hear from esteemed industry figures
At the UBC REC we’re proud to have hosted many renowned speakers whose admirable viewpoints have shaped today’s industry. Some of our past speakers include remarkable UBC alumnus and philanthropist Robert H. Lee and Vancouver real estate mogul Bob Rennie.
8. Discover valuable industry organizations
Being involved in industry groups is always a great way to further expand your network. Your membership will teach you more about the organizations available to advance your career – CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) and NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association are just a few to get you started.
9. Expand your comfort zone… in comfort
Past venues for events include trendy social locations such as One-Under Golf Simulation Bar, to prestigious downtown hotels such as the Shangri-La and Fairmont Pacific Rim. You’ll also be welcomed with UBC REC swag including pens, notebooks, stickers and more! Don’t forget raffle prizes…
10. Enjoy great value
Your $10 UBC Real Estate Club membership is valid until March 31st 2018 and entitles you to discounted or free tickets to all our events. It also gets you access to our highly anticipated member-exclusive November office tour. So whether you’re interested in networking, speakers, terrific food, or all of the above: your membership has you covered.