Award-winning real estate agent Rebecca Creighton-Clarke believes in learning to say no, taking risks even if they scare the hell out of you and the odd glass of whisky.

How many years have you been working in your current role?

Seven years.

How do you balance work and life responsibilities?

I have learnt to structure my daily routine into a schedule or ‘Life Recipe’ as we refer to it at PRD. One of our core values at PRD is ‘Balance is our backbone’ and the office is supportive of a fun and healthy work life balance.

Real estate is a career that can consume every hour in the day and unfortunately a job you take home with you. Organisation is a key element for mental survival and sticking to a daily plan with allocated time for all tasks must be strictly followed, it takes discipline to learn how to say no, stay focused and stick to the current task at hand. It is also imperative to have family time as part of the recipe, and our office has structure in place to allow staff members to take time to refresh and recharge.

What keeps you up at night?

My goals, I try to set goals that will beat my expectations and work as hard as I can to complete those goals. I often start manifesting achieving my goals if I can’t sleep. And I will admit I do fall victim to work-related stress, I think we all fall victim to that from time to time. I have found that sticking to a structured work week or ‘Recipe’ has helped with achieving a good night’s sleep, as I know the work has been done. If all else fails a cheeky class of whisky works wonders.

What’s been the highlight of your career?

Achieving a national gold award for 2021 has definitely been a massive highlight of my career so far. I think that awards are a great way of measuring business accomplishments and goals. However I have learnt over the years, working in this industry, that any measure of success cannot be one dimensional and I would like to think that discovering my own personal and professional value as a woman in business has been the highlight of my career so far.

What are some words of advice you would give to young women about to enter the professional workforce?

Training and education builds confidence. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

Build your personal brand, I like to consider this as reputation management, it’s taking control of how potential employers perceive you online, word of mouth and in person.

Take opportunities even if you feel you are not ready, take the initiative, take the risk even if it scares the hell out of you.

Attitude is more important than possessing the initial skill for a job you may be seeking. Skills can be taught but your attitude is the most important factor in determining how well you do in life.

As a female in the workforce, just don’t sit at the table – talk at the table.

Who inspires you and why?

There have been several people who inspire me, but I believe the largest inspiration in my current career is the team of women I work with. My colleges Amy Hughes, Lisa Ashcroft and Justine Riley are an incredible inspiration and are all so individually talented, focused and driven. I feel like, as a team, we draw on each other for support and inspiration. We share ideas, successes and also learn from each other’s failures.

A major contributor to my personal success in the industry is my friend, mentor and PRD Director Mark Sleiman. Mark comes to work every day with a smile on his face and a desire to help grow every employee to the best of their ability. Mark and I are also both ambassadors at a local non-for-profit initiative called Project You. Mark founded Project You and it’s facilitated by local business professionals donating their time to help inspire the Tamworth community of all ages, in improving themselves personally and professionally. Being involved with such inspirational people is a wonderful influence, learning from their stories encourages me to keep going, to keep pushing when times are hard.

Where do you envision yourself in five years?

In five years’ time I would like to still be growing my business at PRD, as I consider myself lucky to have found a work environment that has given me the opportunity to prosper and grow into the business woman I never thought I could be. I also work with a team of like-minded individuals who believe in the same core values, and make work life extremely fun.

I’m currently completing a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and in five years’ time would like to have completed a master’s degree.

location: Tamworth, NSW


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