Diverse Careers in Property
In part one of our series highlighting the wide variety of career paths within the property industry; we spoke with Michelle Gegenhuber, Manager Property, Projects and Environmental Sustainability for Anglicare SA.
Michelle was happy to donate a few minutes of her very busy day to tell us about her career, what she loves about the property industry and give some advice for aspiring property professionals.
Q1. Tell us what you do in your current role?
Being just four months into the role, I am currently doing a strategic review of all property within Anglicare. Key responsibilities going forward are making sure our facilities match the services we provide and overseeing our building projects.
Q2. Tell us about your career progression in property?
I finished my Bachelor of Business (Property), majoring in Valuation and Commercial Management, in 1996. After working for a private developer for 4 years, I moved into Local Government with Onkaparinga City Council, where I worked for 14 years undertaking various roles in that time.
I also completed my MBA in 2006, which gave me a lot of confidence and really opened my eyes.
Q3. What do you enjoy about your current role?
I love that every day is different! It’s a very diverse role – I have to think strategically whilst also being really hands on, going on site to our construction projects.
Q4. What advice would you give to other people interested in the local Government and not for profit sectors of the property industry?
A career in these areas of property can provide the opportunity to really make a difference in communities and offer a huge amount of job satisfaction that goes beyond financial gain. Local Government and the not for profit sector are really adding broad benefit to South Australia and the community.
Q5. Why do you think the property industry is a good career choice?
The property industry is a diverse and exciting career choice, giving you the ability to change the face of a street, suburb and community.
Q6. If you could go back in time, what would you do differently in your career?
I was at Onkaparinga City Council for 14 years. If circumstances had been different (I had children during that time), I would have moved on roughly every 4 years, purely for further professional development and growth.
Q7. What advice would you give to aspiring property professionals?
My advice is to continually develop your skills via learning. It has given me the confidence to progress my career.