An increasing number of students at colleges and universities across the country are pursuing real estate degrees. Several factors contribute to this growth. First, as urbanization and population growth persist, the demand for real estate managers who can effectively oversee and maintain real estate assets to support this trend becomes vital.
Additionally, the allure of creating financial stability and wealth through real estate investment, development, and management is attracting this new generation of students looking for long-term stability and career growth.
IREM Student Leaders program lends support
To meet this growing demand, many colleges and universities are offering new real estate programs or adapting current business programs to incorporate real estate management, finance, and sustainability principles. IREM currently partners with more than 25 colleges and universities offering these programs and works to connect its students with the vast network of professionals in the real estate management industry—ensuring students are well-prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation.
—Zykereyes Bennett, Georgia State University
Each year, 10 IREM student members are selected for the IREM Student Leaders program to receive recognition across the IREM network, be mentored by IREM leaders, and attend the IREM Global Summit. Attendance at the Global Summit allows these students to build their networks with professionals from around the world and develop connections that will support their future career pathways.
This year’s group of students has big aspirations for themselves and the industry—and IREM looks forward to supporting them along the way.
Where are they now? Previous IREM Student Leaders making an impact
In recognizing and congratulating this new cohort of IREM Student Leaders, it’s exciting to reflect on the impact of last year’s Student Leaders. While some previous Student Leaders are finishing their studies, others have graduated, many have completed internships with real estate management firms across the country, and a few have even started pursuing their IREM certifications.
One of the five pillars of the IREM Strategic Plan is to equip the next generation of real estate managers to impact the future success of the profession. By collaborating with IREM’s network of members, fostering new connections with academic partners, and advancing the IREM Student Leaders program, IREM is on track to empower aspiring real estate managers to become catalysts of positive change and ensure the profession continues to thrive and excel in the years to come.
Georgia State University
University of Wisconsin–Stout
Ball State University
University of Alaska Anchorage
Brigham Young University