Building a solid foundation
Harlander’s time in the part-time program not only grew her financial literacy but allowed her to apply the knowledge directly back to both her previous and current positions. Part of Carey’s real estate and infrastructure program requires students to complete a capstone project. Harlander used the project as an opportunity to gain solutions for issues in her previous role.
“I chose to research fiber-optic infrastructure. Specifically, because of challenges I was facing in my day-time job,” she said. “How can we get connectivity to our clients fast. It’s what everyone wants nowadays.”
When Harlander started at St. John Properties, she says her Carey education helped prepare her for the various areas of real estate she was exposed to throughout a rigorous four-year training program offered by St. John Properties. The four-year partner training program prepares participants who are pursuing or have a graduate degree with hands-on training in each discipline of real estate to open a new regional branch of St. John Properties.
“No matter where I was in my rotation, I had a great foundation of real estate knowledge from Carey. It created a great balance as I grew and continued through the program,” said Harlander.
After completing the program and now a newly appointed partner, Harlander has gained an edge in the Austin market with a degree from Carey and increased financial literacy to develop commercial real estate.
Carey Business School is no stranger to St. John Properties. A large supporter of the real estate and infrastructure program, St. John Properties networks with students throughout their time at Carey to provide opportunities outside the classroom.
“I’m not sure I would’ve found St. John Properties without the network from Carey. I was even connected to the person that hired me through one of my peers at the school,” she said.