Glass ceilings? Closed doors? Not at JLL. We recognize the success and achievements of the amazing women throughout our firm. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’d like to highlight a few of the strong, smart, and ambitious women of JLL. We appreciate them not only this month, but every day. We hope they inspire you like they inspire us.
Meet Amber Lin
Amber is a Senior Analyst in Valuation services, where she provides valuations, appraisals, and consulting services related to a wide variety of commercial real estate property types in Southern California. On a small team covering a large market, analysts of the Valuation team are expected to have experience with general and special purpose real estate appraisals, market-rent studies, feasibility study, due diligence investigation, in depth market analysis and segmentation of the market, lease by lease analysis, highest and best use studies and general value-related consulting.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I still feel like a kid!
How did you get into commercial real estate?
I started in commercial real estate as a data entry intern for AIR CRE, a broker/member contributory association. My time as an intern was brief and shortly thereafter I found the opportunity as a research analyst for a small appraisal firm in Orange County and have been with the same team ever since.
What is a typical day for you?
A typical day for me involves a lot of report-writing sitting at my desk, exciting stuff! On the other hand, I do get to be in the field sometimes, which typically involves a lot of driving, Starbucks, and audiobooks.
What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever received was “Opportunities are for those who are well prepared to receive them.” If this sounds like some translated proverb, that’s because it is! As someone of Taiwanese/Chinese heritage, I have been on the receiving end of various Chinese proverbs and short phrases from my parents, who have always been big influences in my life.
How do you measure success?
I personally define success as striking a balance between achieving ambitious goals at the office while taking care to prevent burnout as an individual. I think it can be difficult to get stuck in the never-ending cycle of work and lamenting about personal shortcomings in the office, so I always take the time to step back and appreciate any personal achievements and year-over-year improvements, however small they may be.
How do you achieve work/life balance?
On a day to day basis, I try to build good habits into my day, whether it be eating healthy, incorporating fitness, or plain relaxing. On a larger scale, I try to schedule any vacations, mental health days, and weekend trips far in advance so that there things to look forward to on the horizon and it creates a strict cut off between work and play/rest.
How has JLL supported you as a woman in business?
JLL has provided me with the educational support and opportunity to connect with individuals across various sectors of commercial real estate, which allows for thinking outside the box and unique perspectives. Additionally, JLL provides more exposure to high profile clients and carries a brand credibility that has allowed me to connect with other real estate professionals in the market.
What advice would you give to young women who want to success in the workplace?
My advice would be to invest in yourself. Arm yourself with the educational background, learn the skills of your field and trade, and put in the time to build a body of work that can be the foundation of your career.
If you wrote a book, what would the title be?
“How to Look Like a Human When You Feel Like a Sloth”
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