It was a quick success story for Jonathan Jablonsky, who landed his ideal job in commercial real estate after completing only one course in the UST MSRE program.
A Tale of Two Paths
Jonathan’s interest in real estate peaked once he and two friends started a small property management business, first by purchasing a duplex, then a fourplex, then a 7-unit building. Meanwhile, Jonathan was working full-time as a Financial Analyst for Thomson Reuters. As a finance major, he enjoyed the broad exposure to finance at Thomson Reuters while he worked there for 3 ½ years.
While working in the 9-5 world, Jonathan couldn’t keep his mind off real estate. He craved the tangible “hands on” nature of working with real estate and found his financial skills could be well utilized in analyzing his own investments.
During this time, Jonathan also acquired his real estate license and began selling homes on the side. With most of his free time spent dedicated to real estate, it’s no wonder Jonathan chose the MSRE program at St. Thomas. But he explains it wasn’t that easy.
How Jonathan Chose the MSRE at St. Thomas
While real estate seemed to be the natural fit for him, he considered MBA programs, but he could not get as excited about the general nature of the courses. Then, he came across the St. Thomas real estate program and began pondering how he could meld his experience as a financial analyst with his desire to work with real estate as his day-to-day job.
The first step was to attend an information session at St. Thomas to learn more about the program.
“The faculty at UST helped me determine it was a good fit and encouraged me to make a decision about whether I wanted to do the MSRE or MBA. At that point, I decided to begin the program, since I felt that the Master of Science in Real Estate degree would differentiate me from the competition.”
UST Helps Jonathan Secure a Position with Ameriprise
Jonathan is pleased with his decision. After completing only one class in the program, he was offered his ideal job that finally allowed him to analyze investment real estate.