How I Randomly Got My First Three Jobs Without A Degree


Well, the job is starting. If you read my post on how I get paid to travel and make friends, you’ll know that I am officially a Project Sales Manager for Concierge Auctions.

At the end of this week, I’ll be taking off to Toronto to sell a multi-million-dollar condo at auction.

The company has just wired me a little under $10k, and I’ve been spending time preparing myself for the job.

It’s very exciting moving forward. Thinking about the blog post I wrote yesterday made me look back at how I got all my jobs.

Every time I got a fantastic opportunity, it was always quite random and sudden. It often makes me extremely lucky.

The First Job: Part-Time Minimum Wage Work

The first job I ever had was a part-time minimum wage job at a Kumon franchise. I got the job in 2017 and eventually quit in January 2021 to pursue other opportunities.

I was in my first year of high school when I got the job.

I was playing in a badminton tournament with some of my friends and met my employer there.

As a kid, I used to be a Kumon student at my former employer’s Kumon center. I was pretty good, I guess, which helped me get a job two years later.

When we finished playing badminton, we went to the after-tournament dinner party. While eating with my friends, my employer’s son suddenly came up to me and asked, “Hi, my mom asked you if you want a job at Kumon.”

I was so surprised. I said sure as my mind starting furiously spinning different thoughts in my head.

A few moments later, after I agreed to my employer’s son, she came to me and officially offered me the job. I was only 14 at the time and not “legally” allowed to work, but I was about to turn 15 in a couple of weeks.

Being under 18 also required parental consent. So although I accepted the job right there and then, I had to confirm with my parents.

Of course, my parents were super supportive. They let me have the job and even agreed to let me quit my piano theory classes to work.

At the time, getting this minimum wage part-time job was a big deal.

Everyone was talking about the importance of having extra-curricular activities and work experience to make your resume shine.

So although I wasn’t looking for a job, I gladly accepted when I was offered one. I remember one of my friends that I was playing badminton with was super jealous.

He even asked my employer during the party if he could also have a job, to which my employer declined.

Her reason was that she didn’t know my friend. She knew me when I used to be a Kumon student at her center. She knew that I was a quiet, hard worker and already had experience with the Kumon process.

My job mainly consisted of marking homework and filing booklets, but it was a big deal back then. I knew many others working their asses off building a clean resume and practicing for job interviews to try and land a job at a Kumon center.

So for me to get the job out of nowhere was crazy lucky.

Second Job: Real Estate Agent

Eventually, I quit my part-time job to focus on becoming a real estate agent.

Yes, I know. Becoming a real estate agent isn’t usually one of those jobs where you have to go through an entire interview process.

Becoming a real estate agent is the same as starting a business. You do everything on your own terms.

What I want to focus on is not how I became a real estate agent but how I got my first real estate mentor.

Towards the end of finishing my real estate licensing courses, I realized that I didn’t really know how to sell a house. My first project would be selling my parents’ house, and they thought I was too inexperienced as well.

So I wanted to tag along with someone experienced and learn from them.

At the time, I had super low expectations. I was willing to work with/for any successful real estate agents for less than minimum wage.

When I finished all my licensing courses, I began calling in some of the most successful agents in the city.

The first agent I called in offered to mentor me, and that has changed my life.

I called him in, and we talked about selling the house while walking around. When we were just about finished with the house, I asked him if he was willing to co-list the house.

At first, he said no, thinking that we had another agent from a different brokerage. When I said that I was a new agent, he then said, “Oh, that’s completely different,” and offered me to join his mentorship program.

That was crazy to me. I was about to offer to help him for free, but here he was, offering me to join his mentorship program that came with a myriad of benefits.

He didn’t even know if I was capable of doing anything. It was because I was young, bilingual, and had my parents’ listing.

I got to split my first three deals with him 50/50 and then the seven after 70/30. My mentor pays for all the marketing and does a lot of the contract work initially while I learn.

He also has a lead generation system where we mentorees have the opportunity to use to find new deals potentially. Additionally, being the successful agent he is, he opens up many connections for us. He has also landed multiple large projects where we get the opportunity to work.

Working with my mentor has been amazing in the last couple of months. But what happened this month was even crazier.

Third Job: Project Sales Manager

Just a few weeks ago, I was sitting in the car waiting for my dad to finish returning something to Costco.

I suddenly get a call from my mentor, and he asked me if I was interested in becoming a Project Sales Manager for Concierge Auctions.

I had no idea what I was getting into. I had never heard of Concierge Auctions before. I just jumped in on the opportunity to listen to my mentor talk about how I could work on multi-million luxury properties.

I didn’t know what I had to do and started frantically researching the company after the call ended.

I thought it was a super small job. But oh boy, it’s much bigger than what I had expected.

My mentor connected me with some of the managers from Concierge Auctions and got me set up with a meeting.

At first, I thought it would be a laid-back process where they just needed someone to fill a position doing simple things every day.

But I quickly realized that this was definitely a structured corporation that knew what they were doing.

I went through the entire process of creating a resume and going through multiple interviews.

I was pretty nervous actually. From what you have read so far, you can probably guess that I never created a resume nor practiced for any job interview in my life.

I think my parents were even more nervous. They were trying to give me practice interview questions and responses last minute.

But I sort of laid back and thought, “Whatever. If I don’t get this job, I have other things to do.”

I had a pretty good time in the interviews, and the company pulled me into their Project Sales Manager training.

By this time, I was already hired. The human resources manager asked for three professional references, and when I talked to my former co-workers and employer from Kumon, they told me that they never got a call or email.

Another job opportunity came to me out of nowhere, and now I’m a Project Sales Manager selling luxury properties at auction, getting ready for his first assignment.

Yes, this is another contractor job where my income will depend on my performance. But it’s not like being a real estate agent where you’re never guaranteed any deals.

Most Project Sales Managers are given 6–7 projects per year in which they often successfully close at least four of them.

On average, they earn about $25k on each successfully closed deal (highly dependent on the property), which equals about $100k in commissions every year.

After getting my $8.5k today for my living expenses, though, I realized that I’m earning even more. I basically have a $200k per year salary.

Of course, the number will fluctuate and change depending on the deals I do, but for a university dropout, this is fantastic.

And I wasn’t even looking for the job. It just came out of nowhere, and now I’m hired.

Life’s Not All Success Stories

I feel incredibly fortunate to get these job opportunities. But life doesn’t always go this way for me.

I had tried to apply for a different job before which I never even had the opportunity for an interview. I have also tried starting multiple online businesses before, none of which became successful.

But I just kept pushing forward and improving myself. After failing so many times in my life, I was bound to find success eventually, right?

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