After a few years, she decided she wanted the flexibility of working for herself. She gained her first contract by working the floors of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago at Neocon, an annual industry trade show, walking from booth to booth, asking if anyone needed a representative in Indiana.
She gives educational presentations about products and consults on specifications and designs, among other tasks. She is married and has two children, a son at IU and a daughter in third grade.
How did your English major lead to your current position? What skills did you learn as an English major that helped you transition into that job?
- Sharpened my critical thinking skills.
- Enhanced my creative thinking.
- Built a foundation for presentation skills through class discussion and presentations.
- Broadened my vocabulary to add interest and intelligence to conversations.
What’s a typical day like for you?
- Present to architects, designers, owners, contractors, and any others that may be decision makers or involved in installation or fabrication.
- Show samples and educate about the best solutions for the problems and needs presented.
- Travel between locations making sure design libraries are up to date.
- Get creative and brand myself with unique presentations or leave-behinds for architects and designers. Reminding people you are there is key.
- Network with representatives of non-competing products.
- Find and chase leads for projects.
- Work with teams at the manufacturers’ offices to come up with pricing and strategize the best way to win a project.