Jason Starkman

Jason Starkman


State Farm Agency

Irvine, CA USA

Before taking on a huge financial commitment (going to college, opening a business, etc.), go work in the industry you are interested in first. Figure out if you enjoy what you’re doing, who you are doing it with, and who you are doing it for, before jumping fully into it.


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Jason Starkman


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Everyone in my family are small business owners, so I grew up intrigued by the entrepreneurial spirit and have always wanted the level of professional freedom it provides.
Attended the University of California, Irvine (UCI) where I earned my bachelor’s degree in sociology.
While in college, I had been active in events on campus, which led to me initially pursuing a career in events management or hospitality.
After graduation, I began working for a student travel company organizing snowboarding trips for high schools and colleges.
I went to work for Marriott Hotels in corporate event sales for about a year.
Began running my own company hosting nightlife and private events in Southern California, Mexico, and Las Vegas.
In 2011, a friend from UCI recruited me to open my own State Farm Agency in Los Angeles.
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I help people learn more about insurance and make sure they're covered for life's challenges.

Career Roadmap

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Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

A talk A LOT throughout the day! I spend a lot of time doing marketing and networking to promote myself and my business. I also spend time with my employees and making sure they are on track and getting what they need to do their jobs. I have to work with my existing customers helping them with their claims. This isn't a typical 9-5 job. I have to be "on-call" at all times because bad things can happen to people at all times and they will need my assistance with their insurance.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get involved on campus and participate in extracurriculars. You get a lot more out of doing that than just sitting in a classroom. You don't have to have everything figured out, but try to zero in on the things you really like or things you really don't like. That can help you navigate through opportunities and find something that fits you. Intern, shadow, or volunteer to see if a job / industry is really what you are interested in. Interview people doing what you want to do and pick their brain!

Recommended Education

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The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You have a college degree, why are you working in bars and nightclubs?"

Challenges I Overcame

Work Stress