Mentors help sort through career challenges and choices and help their mentees move toward success. They are especially important during the early years of your career. At the 2014 Association for Information Systems Student Chapter Leadership Conference and Competition, held in Tempe March 20-22, four W. P. Carey CIS alumni spoke about giving and receiving mentorship. The conference was hosted by the W. P. Carey School’s Department of Information Systems and the student DISC club.
Technology has changed the way we order a pizza, hail a cab and check in for an appointment, and those changes have affected the buildings we work in and the places we shop. “As an industry we’re just beginning to understand the impact of these changes,” said Mark Stapp, director of the W. P. Carey Master of Real Estate Development program and moderator of a recent panel discussion on the impact of technology on the real estate industry.
More than two years of rising prices in the Phoenix real estate market appear to be coming to an end, says Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and practice and author of the monthly housing report. The December data shows that although the median single-family-home price rose 25 percent compared to December 2012, sales during that period dropped 16 percent, reflecting what Orr says is a cooling market.
PetSmart plans to open 77 new stores this year, and Sarah Secoy (MRED ’12) will have a big role in that expansion. As a development manager, Secoy’s involvement begins with the broker and ends when the project is turned over to an architect. Secoy, who was hired as a store designer two months before she graduated, says her career progression shows that there’s abundant opportunity in retail for professionals who hold the MRED degree.