Finally, the industry has been graced with a professional development day that is designed by brokers for brokers.
The Generation Next young broker forum looks like it could be an interesting and valuable program involving all the like-minded young professionals that are the future of the broking industry.
We often get the opportunity to attend fantastic PD days and listen to successful speakers to gain motivation, and also lenders so we can stay up to date with what’s available and what products and services are hot. The purpose of the young broker forum is so that brokers under the age of 35 can learn about new ways to take their businesses to the next level.
A few of the industry’s young guns – Anthony Alabakov, Josh Egan, Joshua Bartlett and Marshall Condon – sat down and thought about all the things they could teach us ‘newbies’ based on their experiences and what they discovered when starting their own businesses.
For me, starting out as a broker was a daunting thought to begin with and a decision that wasn’t made hastily. It was scary thinking about how I would compete with all of the talented brokers out there, how I would find my market, how I would find referrers and clients. That then sparked the thought: ‘There is plenty of business out there for everyone, so how about I work with them not against them?’
I knew I needed mentors and I knew I didn’t have to make all the same mistakes others made. So being involved with other established brokers and new brokers alike gives me lots of information to base my decisions on. I can’t stress enough how important it has been for me to work with these individuals to soak up as much information as I can so I give myself the best chance possible at being a great broker! I hope this forum can give me some more tips, more ideas, and more connections to ensure I grow alongside the other young professionals in my industry.
I have always felt strongly towards getting further training, further education and building on my skill sets. This initiative excites me as it is tailored perfectly for brokers in my position and hopefully we can all put in to get a few great ideas out of the day.
Sean Murphy, senior credit adviser, My Mortgage Freedom
Starting his finance career at Liberty Financial in 2007, Sean developed a passion for specialist lending and the challenge of finding a solution for every client.
Having been a BDM at Liberty for almost three years, Sean decided it was time to move on and joined My Mortgage Freedom in the beginning of 2014. Sean's background in SMSF lending and non-conforming residential and commercial mortgages gives the team great scope when dealing with their clients.
Sean's objective is to work with a range of clients in different situations to assist them no matter how challenging the transaction might be.