Please give me a call...I would be happy to discuss this with you. I have trained Realtors all across the U.S., taught real estate at Post and am now teaching real estate at Stony Brook, as well as being a broker for my own agency. I am also licensed in MA, CT & PA, as well as NY.
Reach me at 718-928-9580. Looking forward to speaking with you.
First, you made a GREAT decision to start real estate. I love the business. To answer your question, you should start talking to brokers as soon as possible. You will need to be sponsored in order to practice real estate and finding the right broker to work with is probably the most important step for any new agent. Training and support is a MUST if you want to succeed. You want to interview as many brokers as possible in order to determine who is going to help you jumpstart your career. This is important so that as soon as you are licensed, you can hit the streets running.
In the meantime, schedule your exam as soon as possible for as close to the end of your course as possible. Many times, the exams fill up about 2-3 weeks ahead of time and you want to take that exam as soon as possible after (or even during, if you're confident) your course. Go on EAccess and see what the next open date is. Plan ahead.
I could go on for days on the subject, but if you would like to discuss the matter further, please feel free to give me a call. Thanks and best of luck!