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MFAA Prosper : Mortgage and Finance Brief 05
The life of a mortgage and finance broker appeals to many. Your earning potential is only limited by how hard you work, you have the freedom to work your own hours, the chance to help people realise their property dreams or assist them to dig their way out of a bad financial situation, and no two days are ever the same. But as all in the industry know only too well, being a broker can often be a hard slog and unrewarding at times. So what drives people to make a career change into credit broking? Actor and dancer Megan Searle, of Aussie Home Loans in East Bentleigh, Victoria, was working as a self-employed administrative consultant for a sports management company while trying to build a professional acting career, before joining Aussie in 2002. Prior to that role, she managed a ballroom dance studio, taught at TAFE, worked as a drama and English teacher, was a juggler, singer, and part-time actor. Over time Megan decided she needed to build a strong financial future for herself and realised that the performance industry wasn't going to deliver. "It was exhausting when I first began at Aussie, however I learnt quickly and was able to build a pretty solid loan book and trail for the future," she says. "Things have changed a lot since then, both in the industry and for me personally. I have been blessed with a little girl who is two-and-a-half, and I have recently purchased a property which I will be subdividing and developing." She feels that the skills gained in acting have helped her along the way, particularly being able to step into someone else's shoes to develop a better understanding of their needs, feelings and fears. "I've never had a problem with confidence when it comes to dealing with people one-to-one or in large groups," says Megan. Change To what extent does a varied career background help newcomers to mortgage broking? Words Philip Jenkinson Photography Shannon Mor ris Megan Searle says her experience as a performer gave her the confidence to deal with clients. over Mortgage & Finance brief | 23 InDepth
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