Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Never Too Late

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Never Too Late

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New IREM Members come from all walks of life

I recently submitted my ARM application for certification after taking the plunge into "reinventing" myself in the fall of 2007. I started out slowly, not knowing how I'd hold up under the pressure of taking a course at this stage of my life: It had been a while since I enrolled in any formal training.

This decision to pursue my ARM certification came out of the realization that I had hit that proverbial brick wall in my career. You know, not going anywhere, no certification in my field and no room for advancement.

I started out gingerly with the IREM online fair housing course. The option of taking an online course appealed to me - considering family commitments, my job, social life, etc. After suc- cessfully completing the fair hous- ing course, I was left with a void. The desire for more knowledge started to take over. Again, I started out slowly with another course. After completing that one, I was so revved up that I decided it was time to put some pressure on myself and take two courses for the next term. Before I knew it, I finished all four courses and I am now anxiously awaiting my ARM certification!

This story may not be that different from that of other ARM students or IREM Members. But, I am in my 50s (not going to give you my exact age, a woman has to have her secrets!) and am someone who hasn't been in school for some time.

Why didn't I go for my ARM certification sooner? The same old excuses always got in the way: I'm too busy; I'm too old; I can't afford it, etc. …

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