The Veterans career fair was a neat experience that I got to be a part of a couple weeks ago. Tina and I drove to Brooklyn Center to set up our booth and happen to arrive the minute that Governor Dayton was about to speak. He spoke about the fair and his hopes to get the men that served our county jobs and contribute back to the communities they are a part of. Throughout the fair there were a variety of different occupations from 3M to banks to MHA. Each booth had at least one representative working to answer any questions or get information from possible candidates. Tina and I were not the representatives, but were there to help the the members that were working with us at the booth for example, RealEstateEquities was there to give job openings as well as two other companies.
People Serving People is a homeless shelter for families located near the Metro Dome..or what used to be the Metro Dome. Since Minnesota Multi Housing association is partnered with that organization we set up a tour for our charitable outreach committee to go see the facility. It was great to get there actually experience the things that we had talked about in previous meetings at MHA since I had only heard of it and never been there. When we arrived we entered through the security check almost like the ones at an airport and then we went on our way to the meeting room upstairs. We had our meeting where we discussed things like the wine tasting location, what types of raffles and or selling of tickets we were going to do. We also went over future plans for the charitable outreach committee but, unfortunately, I wont be here much longer so I wont be a part of any further progress. :(
Brooke is the property manager at Oaks properties in St. Paul. I got the privilege of shadowing her to see what she does on a daily basis. When I arrived I didn't know what to expect because I actually had recently met her at the Cocktails For A Cause event. She introduced herself to me and told me that we were going to have a lot of fun and to bring my tennis shoes....I thought she was joking. She wasn't joking. When Tina and I arrived we met one of the staff members, Juan who directed us to sit down in the common area to wait for Brooke to make her way over from the other property. When she arrived we talked and went over what the plan was going to be for the day and then we were all set to go.
Juan is funny..he looked at my feet and said where are your tennis shoes and I said don't worry I can go barefoot if I have to and he just rolled his eyes joking and chuckled. Apparently I was in store for some hard work and a lot of walking.
Brooke has two properties and the othe ...
On June 24th I had the opportunity to sit in on a Fundamentals of Rental Property Management class taught here at MHA. That's one of the best things about MHA is that it offers classes to people in the industry to further their education and give the best possible business and service to the people who need them. With the education classes MHA holds it forms people who know what they are doing and actually care that they are doing the right things.
The class was taught by a woman named Anika Yokanovich who is a Portfolio Manager with nonprofit company called Aeon. The class was great for me because it was an entry level class and what Anika called "elementary" for people who have been in the industry for a while. Everyone in the class was much older than I am so I'm sure people were wondering what I was doing there...I find that is a common theme with this industry. I'm always the youngest one, but it doesn't bother me that just means I will learn a lot from people who are wis ...
I got the chance to shadow Garin Hamburger who is the Director of Marketing at Real Estate Equities. It was a great experience and I got to see first hand exactly what it would be like to be a director of marketing in the housing industry. Reading the job description of particular positions is great and it gives you an idea of the kind of work you will be doing, but it doesn't show you what it will FEEL like. Until you are immersed in the atmosphere and actually get to see it with your own eyes you still won't exactly know what you are going to get.
I had the opportunity to attend Cocktails for a Cause and take photos of the event, which was great. Cocktails for a cause is an event put on by MHA to help People Serving People, a homeless shelter in Minneapolis. The event is not only a great way to bring everyone in the industry together, but all the proceeds go to PSP. The event was hosted at the Midtown Global Market this year, which is different than previous years. Usually, the scene was more of a bar hopping atmosphere. This year after everyone signed in they had to complete a scavenger hunt with a few questions on it to receive their drink tickets.....and you know everyone want's their drink tickets so the hunt wasn't a hard thing to push. People gathered in the nearby bar restaurant that was located in the entrance of the market to get drinks and appetizers before heading up to the Chicago Lofts for the second half of the night.
The lofts were really cool with a great view of the Minneapolis skyline. The area were we ...
This week I went on a tour with Adam Grant who first started at a company called brothers with one of his college best friends Aaron, who actually still works there. The company sold equipment and services to benefit apartment complexes and now is working for Apartmentguide.com. Apartmentguide,com is an advertising website for property managers of apartments to place their property on the site and get buyers. This website allows property managers to advertise their properties with pricing, information about the units, pictures, sometimes even reviews are shown.
Day six of my summer internship with MHA was great..still learning and loving every second. Tuesday was one of my favorite days so far. (I have a feeling I'm going to say that more than once this year) Tina and I went on errands to the bank and Kinkos to pick up flyers after I looked up locations for all the Goodwill stores in the Twin Cities...yea I know what you're thinking that does not sound very fun, but it was. Tina and I drove and talked and she learned all about my love life and I learned about hers and her son. We went to lunch at Good Earth, because I told her I was starting my clean eating this week...well actually yesterday, but I decided I can't pass up the chance to go to lunch with my boss. We talked about many things work related and non work related..it was fun.
Alarm sounds 6:45 A.M! Monday morning June 2nd, my first day of work. I pop out of bed eager to start my morning as an employed 21 year old. I am about to be introduced to what people call "the real world"outside the comfort of feeding 5-10 year olds breakfast and playing UNO in their living room or saying the statement, "Hi, my name is Whitney I'll be your server tonight can I start you off with any drinks?" 200 times in one night. The real world..I thought it was supposed to make me feel all grown up and such, but my first day of work looked somewhat like my last day of Junior year in High School.
Wake up.. get ready.. eat breakfast.. mom waves goodbye in the garage as my sister and I put on our sunglasses turn up the radio and go on our way. BUT it wasn't junior year it felt different. It was my first day of work! I had on a fancy outfit brand new shoes and my very own lunch box. I think lunch boxes are cool now, unlike High School when home lunch sat you next to Mark from ...