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By Roadtrip Nation

Jason Starkman

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Milestones

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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Education

High School
Bachelor
Sociology
University of California, Irvine

Career

Owner

I help people learn more about insurance and make sure they're covered for life's challenges.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Entrepreneurship
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.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to be a people person if you are going to work in events/sales and be comfortable working with a lot of different personalities. Make calculated decisions and do things with purpose.

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

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Sociology

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

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

Challenges I Overcame

Work Stress