As a valuation analyst at Colliers International, recent MRED graduate Nick Rubino is used to taking a comprehensive view of the property at hand. In this short interview, he applies that same lens to his experience in the Mason MRED program.
- What specifically in terms of skills, abilities and/or opportunities were you hoping to gain when you came into the Mason MRED program?
Before entering the program I had work experience in real estate lending. I wanted to build on that experience by focusing on real estate development and had a particular interest in real estate appraisal. My hope was to learn more about valuation, finance and risk. Eventually I hoped to transition to a career in real estate.
- Have those expectations been met? How?
The MS in Real Estate Development exceeded my expectations. I learned how to analyze properties from many different perspectives and I feel confident in my ability to work with experienced industry professionals. Earlier this year, I was given the opportunity to work for Colliers International as a Valuations Trainee. I believe that I would not have had this opportunity if I did not enter the Mason MRED program.
- What surprises—unexpected gains, challenges—have there been along the way?
The professors and coursework at Mason not only gave me an academic foundation for the future, but I think it made me a better overall employee and a better person. Their real world approach put you in the middle of situations that developers and real estate professionals face every day. I was able to work with other students from various backgrounds in the real estate field to find creative solutions to complex real estate problems.