Thursday, 10 April 2014

New job

Well, it's official. I start work with Hampton Real Estate today. I'm grateful to Craig and Karen Allen for giving me a shot, but I'm also pretty confident that I will be a successful agent for them.

Hampton Real Estate suits me. I did not want to work for a large agency. I have worked in large offices before and the culture can often be toxic. While I am sure the ones in Toowoomba are not like this, I also wanted something small where I won't be lost in the numbers. I want to work to live, not the other way around, and Craig and Karen are pretty much of the same mind.

I am mindful that I will be a newbie, and I know I have a lot to learn, but I am also hopeful that I can bring something more than just sales to the business. That would be nice.

I have also been thinking about the difference between my previous job and this one. My software applications were often mission-critical for the purchasers, and this meant that there were not only changes in procedures and processes, but also changes in corporate culture.

But a change in workplace culture pales into insignificance when balanced against selling your largest asset, your only asset, your family home. Some people can separate themselves from the emotion of their work and the environment they work in, but few can ignore the emotional changes that selling their home brings to them. I am hoping that I can be sensitive to these emotions and be empathetic to the struggle this brings.

For now, the main emotion I am feeling is excitement. It's not often that I get the chance to do something I have wanted to do for a long time, knowing that I have a better than even chance of being good at it.

I'll keep you all updated with how I go.


  1. Hi Mark,
    Thank you for the great review about the Jazz @ the Jail at the Farmer's Arms Hotel last Friday night. It was a brilliant night. For info on Jazz in Toowoomba you can visit our web page Hope to catch up on Friday night it will be another great night at North Toowoomba Bowls Club 7.45pm. Please make yourselves known to us, best wishes, Paula Mercer

  2. Hi Paula,
    The night really was excellent. I'm pleased to hear that they will be playing at the Farmers Arms again on the May 2nd.