Balancing your mortgage broker career with your personal life
Deciding to become a mortgage broker can be an exciting development in your life. After all, it's a career where you get a chance to help people every day. Whenever you assist a client with making a deal, you're helping a family move into a new home. You're making the world a better place.
The downside is that being so helpful is a demanding job. Clients are liable to email or call you at any hour of the day - nights, weekends, you name it. Whenever they have a question, they're sure to come ringing. It can be difficult to live up to your expectations as a broker while also making time for the things in life that are really important, like your family. How will you find that balance?
Work-life balance is deteriorating in Australia
If you don't know how to become a mortgage broker without hurting other aspects of your life, you're not alone. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, work-life balance is getting more difficult for people across Australia. Four in 10 people are currently struggling with it, says Richard Denniss, executive director of think tank The Australia Institute.
Mr Denniss also noted that by working extra hours when they're not in the office, Australians collectively are giving away $110 billion in free labour every year.
"Whether they realise it or not, Australians are far more generous to their employer than they are to any charity," he said.
Looking for your personal limits
It's not impossible to be a mortgage broker with a balanced personal life, but it will take a focused effort. News.com.au recommends taking the time to think about what limits will work best for you personally. Maybe instead of checking your email five times a day while on holiday, limit it to one or two. It depends what works best for you.
"Some people like to check their emails at the beach because that means they can spend time with their family and yet not worry that there might be an emergency at the office," said Grace McCarthy of Wollongong University. "Others prefer digital detox, by switching off completely, not answering any emails, checking social media."
There's no perfect solution for everyone, and some find it helps to have support from a network of professionals that can advise them on the matter. If you're still finding your way in your mortgage broker career, you may want to consider getting assistance from Red Rock Brokers. We can provide a wide range of resources to help you with every aspect of your career development.