Recent grads and professionals venturing into a new field may find it hard to become established in another career path. According to Brock MacLean of Homes.com, hard work and seeking new opportunities can help you along your journey.
MacLean, born and raised in Canada, started on his career path while working as a sales person with TransUnion, a leading credit information company. One of the perks for landing this position was moving to sunny California.
“I was excited to have the opportunity to work out here,” he says.
Since that time, MacLean has worked for 18 years in the real estate world. From 1994 to 1996, he served as general sales manager for For Rent Media Solutions, a leading internet listing service. After briefly leaving the company, he returned ten years later as the Vice President of National Sales and Development. During this time, MacLean focused on expanding technological advances and establishing new partnerships for the company.
“Through these positions, I learned more about the media side of real estate,” he adds.
In MacLean’s current role as Executive Vice President for Dominion Homes Media, the parent company for Homes.com, he spends a majority of time working closely with key departments, such as marketing, sales and engineering.
“My role is to bridge across these departments and make sure our company is moving in the right direction,” he says.
MacLean works with marketing on upcoming events and the development team to make sure they are on target for their sales goals. He also handles the company’s strategic partnerships and media relations.
According to MacLean, he owes a huge part of his success to having guidance from his mentors and former colleagues. He would advise recent grads and professionals entering a new field to do the same.
“I always had wonderful mentors. You should assemble a team of people you trust in your professional network. It is definitely an integral part of any career path,” says MacLean.
He also believes that professional experience and applying yourself can lead to success in your career.
“When you combine these aspects, it is amazing how opportunities can develop in your life.”