Real Estate Agent
Dylan Abbott was the first in his family to complete his higher school certificate in 2015. He says following his own graduation and attendance of university, “A real psychological shift has occurred in my family and I’m glad to have been able to build that foundation for them. The school itself was a great help. When you show teachers a willingness to work hard and learn, they will provide assistance whenever asked. The biggest thing I found was that the HSC wasn’t as difficult or frightening as I thought it would be.”
"Be open to opportunity and don’t say no, you could discover like I have that the path you didn’t want to take could be the one you’re most passionate about. The old adage “don’t mock it till you try it” really does apply.”
Dylan obtained the marks needed to enter university, doing particularly well in Legal and Business Studies as these were the subjects which interested him. Dylan says the HSC is not the be all and end all, as there are many pathways to university, but the best advice he received was to give it his all. Dylan was told, “Stay in that exam room until exam time is over. You owe it to yourself. You’ve gone through 13 years of schooling to sit in that room. So just write, and write and write, you’ll be surprised at what you know.”
Dylan’s work experience as a Year 10 student shaped his career goals. He completed work experience at a law firm in Gosford, an accountancy firm in Erina and another law firm in Sydney. He was also offered work experience at a family friend’s real estate business, Century 21 Property Connect, in Erina. Adele Andrews called Dylan on three separate occasions and each time he turned her down, telling her he was not interested in real estate. Still, Adele called a fourth time, and Dylan agreed, looking forward to a week off school and nothing more. Dylan says, “Long story short, by the end of the week I thoroughly enjoyed it and worked in her office every school holidays until I graduated. Fast forward to 2015 and a few months prior to my HSC exams and I decided to call Adele and ask if she knew of any positions available in an office as I wanted to get experience before going to uni.” After a few weeks, Adele called to offer Dylan a position at Century 21 Property Connect. He entered into a traineeship, under which Dylan completed his Certificate of Registration, Certificate 3 in Property Services (Agency) and is currently finalising his licencing course and Certificate 4 in Property Services (Agency). Dylan says, “I highly recommend work experience. If you work hard and show a willingness to learn it could turn into future employment. Be open to opportunity and don’t say no, you could discover like I have that the path you didn’t want to take could be the one you’re most passionate about. The old adage “don’t mock it till you try it” really does apply.”
Dylan had initially enrolled in a Bachelor of Business majoring in Leadership and Management at the University of Newcastle, but after six months the pressure of full time work and his real estate course proved too much. He withdrew from the course, taking a six month leave of absence. Dylan worked full time, completed his Certificate of Registration and Certificate 3 and decided to return to university early in 2017 and start a new double degree; Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship/Bachelor of Commerce majoring in finance and accountancy. Dylan is studying this course part time, but plans to study full time after obtaining his real estate licence. Dylan says, “The new course has reinvigorated my passion for learning. This is something in which I have a genuine passion and interest in and so I don’t see the workload as a burden.”
Dylan says one of the major factors which can make a big difference at university is attitude.
He says, “If you have the attitude and the drive to work hard you will succeed. Friends are also really important. Surround yourself with people who are likeminded, who will pull you up, not hold you back. You want to be surrounded by people who applaud your success. Life is a marathon not a sprint. We all get to the same destination in the end, so enjoy the journey.”