Joey Katzen

Externship Spotlight – Joey Katzen, Avison Young

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Joey Katzen is a Business Administration major graduating in 2019. This winter break, Joey had an externship with Avison Young in Los Angeles, CA.

Why did you want to do this externship? I was curious about the nature of real estate, how it worked, and what a broker’s job entails. I’ve also never had the chance to be shown the ins and outs of a real estate office, and I was curious about the different opportunities within a real estate office beside the normal buying and selling.

What did you do during this job shadow experience? Blake introduced me to his coworkers, then he gave me the basics of real estate, what he does, and how a broker’s job works. He had me discuss various other roles in the office with some of his coworkers, and then he let me sit in on some sales calls. Last, he took me to lunch where we discussed the opportunities that I should take in the future if I want to enter into the business, as well as opportunities that should be taken to achieve any life goals. He also looked through my resume and provided constructive feedback on how to improve it.

What did you learn from the externship? I learned all about working in the corporate real estate! I learned how the pay works, how the job functions, and the necessary skills needed to succeed in the industry. I was shown the other options if one wants to work in a real estate office but not in sales, and how those jobs work as well. Real estate is a cutthroat business, and it can take a long time to make the connections necessary to succeed. But once those connections are made, the future can look very positive. For those that have the drive to grind through a couple years of hard work, dedication, and drive, the reward can be very fulfilling.

Anything else you’d like to share about your job shadow experience? Job shadows, in general, are one of the best ways to simultaneously learn about an industry, what one does or does not want to do with their career and make the connections necessary to do so. Any job shadow experience is a wonderful opportunity, and the fact that Eller has helped us get so many options for the externships is a pragmatic symbol of their desire for their students to succeed. I am grateful for this opportunity, and I am excited to shadow some other types of jobs in the future. Even if you realize afterwards that you hate the industry and never want to work in it, the experience is valuable because it helps a student cross off opportunities off their list. Some students work to find jobs they like, some students work backwards and cross off the ones they don’t. An externship is a valuable resource for both types of students.