Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I studied Business in High School.
Started working at 17, right after High School.
I moved up in positions quickly in all of my jobs with my thirst for knowledge.
Started working at a Dealership in 1982 as a Phone Operator.
Moved through out the Service Department positions.
Worked in the Office positions.
Worked in the Body Shop in 1990.
Continued in the Automotive Field through out the years as a Manager and Owner of a shop.

Education

High School
Associate's Degree

Career

Auto Body Estimator

I work in the Automobile Business.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Numbers
Helping People

Day to Day

I come in every day with a plan of what needs to be done, which I do the night before I leave. I greet the customer and find out what they need. I will do an estimate on the damage on their vehicle and even go as far as calling the insurance company about their claim if they need me to. I order the parts and make sure the technicians get what they need to do the repair the correct way. I also close the paperwork and collect the money from the customer.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

I would suggest to stick to your schooling and not drop out, as that piece of paper is important. I would also suggest to at least go to College to get an Associates Degree. At each step you take you will be eligible to make more money. Business classes which include typing, accounting and computers are extremely helpful no matter what type of job you get. Remember it is important to start from the bottom to move up, as it is easier that way than to start at the top and to fall down.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

certification
Associate's Degree

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You should not work in this business as a woman, you do not know what you are talking about."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Learning Issues

Interviewed By

Anonymous Student