Once I was at a wedding reception and overheard a woman bragging to my ex-husband that her daughter just got her PhD in Italian Baroque Art History.
"So," he replied, "She's going into real estate!"
The proud mother was not amused.
Still, it would not surprise me to find an agent in my office with such an educational background. I don't know too many Realtors® who, while in high school or college, studied and set goals to be really great listing agents. When I was planning my own life, a career in real estate never occurred to me.
For me, real estate turned out to be the perfect answer to an early mid-life career crisis. My resume included a stint as an airline ticket agent, a job harassing the aviation industry and its regulators for Ralph Nader, then a consumer advocate position during the Carter administration that was, unfortunately, dependent upon his getting re-elected. He didn't, and I was soon unemployed.
Then real estate came up and bit me! It's turned out to be the most fun and rewarding work I've ever done, but who knew?
It's more lucrative than either being a government consumer type or a flute player - even a really good flute player.
I'm constantly amazed at the past lives of my colleagues. Many were artists and musicians. There are a bunch of retired Foreign Service officers - of course, they get to retire somewhere in their late 40's or early 50's! There are college professors, moms, and a lot of nurses.
I do know one guy who has a Masters Degree in real estate, and we all teased him about it. Maybe he'll have a next life as a sculptor!