The path you choose early on is important, as you’ll quickly become seasoned (i.e. pigeonholed) into that path. So for instance, imagine your first job out of undergrad is in retail development; and you spend 3 or 4 years in that area. Transitioning to another area of real estate, such as multifamily acquisitions thereafter, becomes much more difficult without having to take a step back in your career progression.
Spencer wrote a lengthy post on the subject here that I’m sure you’ll find valuable:
You might also check out our section on Job Roles in commercial real estate:
And if you’re an Accelerator member, you should take Spencer’s course on Networking and Careers in Real Estate: