DAY IN THE LIFE | Oct 2022
The Day in the Life series is a ride along the track of the thoughts of one of our team members who anonymously share what it’s like to build a commercial real estate finance career.
My friends think I’m wired a bit differently, but I don’t mind Monday mornings. There’s such a buzz of energy coming off the weekend; I like a bit of time to decompress, and by the time Sunday evening rolls around, I’m already thinking about the to-do’s and follow-ups that our team needs to get completed.
Actually, a weekend of socializing that doubles as a weekend of networking with other industry people – who’ve become friends and a big part of my social group – that rolls into the next week of tasks is a life that I’ve been completely immersed with!
Having graduated with my undergrad just over 18 months ago, my student life seems like a distant memory and I can finally see how the pieces of my professional life are starting to fit together. Ha!
Just an elevator ride away from my apartment, I hit the gym and start my week with a quick stretch, followed by a solid cardio session. Funny enough, I just learned that my new company completed the financing for my building, and actually much of the local cityscape!
My world spans literally a 15 block radius. The energy is back downtown, and I love that my 10 minute walk to work gives me some time to catch up on my latest podcast and to settle into my habitual routine of grabbing a latte before rolling into M3 (our standing Monday Morning Meeting). I haven’t told anyone I call it that yet, but it’s catchy and I’m saving it for the right moment.
The energy and the team dynamic are really inspiring, and I love how collaborative it is in the office. I don’t have much to compare it to, but the people around the office have just made my transition to professional life so seamless and have really coached me along. I’m still new, and a bit shy, but so far everyone has been so welcoming and really helpful. I was pleasantly surprised when the managing partner took an interest in what I was working on and stopped to give me some background info that was really helpful. Mondays definitely don’t suck.
Time literally flies and I don’t know where the morning has gone. I am constantly busy in a way that keeps me on my toes and engaged.
This morning, I’m building a financial model on a tower for a project in Vancouver’s lower mainland for a presentation and pitch that two of our broker’s are doing next week.
I grew up in a fairly small town in Eastern Canada, and I’m completely floored with the size and magnitude of projects I get to touch. Because I’m the newbie, I thought that I would get the grunt tasks, or boring jobs, but to my surprise, I’m being put in positions to really stretch my mind.
I’m actually really into what I am working on, and there’s such variety every day that I’m never bored, in fact, it’s the opposite – I’m always learning something! No two files are ever the same, which keeps things interesting and creates an environment with constant learning opportunities, which I love.
I hadn’t realized how much the repetitive work I was doing before was sucking the life out of my soul. I was there only a few months, but felt like I had mastered my role and had another five years before a promotion. No thanks, I just couldn’t stay. Moving here was the right decision.
Me and the rest of the analyst team met with a few appraisers we’ve been doing some work together on at a new taco place downtown. We commiserate on the sheer volume of activity that is happening in the market right now and make plans to catch-up for drinks at an outdoor concert that is happening next weekend.
Some of the more senior members of the Canada ICI team preach the importance of cultivating relationships and how the cohort of professionals we meet earlier on in our career end up becoming influential players in the market later on in life – it seems like a ways a way for all of us, but we’re having fun together right now.
One of the brokers asked me to join them in a meeting with a potential new client. I’m playing down my excitement, but I’m always happy to tag along to soak everything in. I’m nervous, but I have the sense that the team here wants me to succeed and to learn through osmosis by understanding the cadence of their workflow, and the high-standards we set for ourselves when it comes to client delivery. It’s great to see how committed our organization is to being accountable to the outcomes of our transactions – I can really start to visualize myself being in the hot seat one day managing an account.
Nice! Leaving the office with enough time to grab a quick bite with a former classmate before heading off to see a movie.
I can hardly believe another day has flown by. I’m mentally tired, but I learned a lot (again!) and think I’ve put a solid dent in my to-do list – and of course added a few more items for tomorrow.
I do think I’m finding my place. I get that I’m still new, but I can really see how this company has grounded itself in the success of its culture and its people. I’m excited to see what’s in store for me.
Initially I thought it was a risk not taking the articling position at the big-five accounting firm to join this company, but I knew I wanted something different. Dare I say I found it?