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Tigersu
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Career Advice
I am a senior at LSU majoring in Construction Management with minors in Business and Technical Sales. I'm currently in my 3rd construction internship and I'm realizing that I do not enjoy or find any passion working in the construction industry. I struggle to stay focused and maintain a solid work ethic in construction compared to other jobs I've had in college.

So I'm looking into other career fields to pursue after graduation based on the following:

1. Desire to travel
2. Not behind a desk all day
3. Solid amounts of interactions with people
4. Decent starting pay
5. Opportunity to move up

I was thinking of looking more into a career in Technical Sales since I already have a degree in that. Any other suggestions? Or just tough it out and hope to develop more interest in construction as time goes?


stevengtiger
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This may be way off of what you are thinking, but you could always look into some type of loss control engineer position.

In my industry (property insurance), loss control specialists travel, make a decent beginning salary, deal with owners/management of businesses. It can be a very good career over the long term if you get on with a good company.

Our guys typically travel for a week conducting inspections and then home for a week to complete reports.


Mingo Was His NameO
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Sounds like you already know the answer.


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Lazy But Talented
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Is that something you have to have prior experience in the insurance field to land?


Tigersu
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That actually doesn't sound way off at all. I'll have to do some research into that for sure. What type of industries is this position used in mostly would you say?


oklahogjr
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Technical sales pays reallt well typically becaude you're selling something others cant. My suggestion is get with a software company sell multi million dollar erp systems consistently


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hiltacular
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I would look into companies that offer a specific product used in construction or in general that industry and try and get into a sales role with them.

You could also go the business development route for existing construction companies but they are probably looking for someone with industry experience/contacts
This post was edited on 7/20 at 5:43 pm


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bconne1
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I work with some decent-sized builders (think Donahue-Favret) and their PMs travel a fair amount, you'd not be parked behind a desk, there's interactions aplenty (subs, clients, etc.) and the pay is probably decent.

Treat that like a post-grad, well-paying internship for about two years and you'll find a lot more doors open up for you.


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stevengtiger
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Is that something you have to have prior experience in the insurance field to land?


It just depends. I know some companies that would like to hire a guy right out of college in order to train and others would prefer to pay more to a seasoned guy.

Some carriers hire loss control guys and some retail insurance companies hire them to help run a better book of business for their carrier partners.


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stevengtiger
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What type of industries is this position used in mostly would you say?


I think you see loss control guys inspect in heavy and/or more technical risks. Think about it from a carrier standpoint. Does an insurance carrier need to spend money to inspect a mom and pops clothing store? Probably not. But they will likely inspect any/all higher risk operations. Think sawmills, manufacturing plants, chemical plants, food production, etc..
This post was edited on 7/21 at 8:59 am


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Rougaroux
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RN--> travel nurse--> go into management


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