Upon graduation, telecommunications alum Caleb Konstanski didn’t imagine one day he’d be leading the business operations of a division at local employer Cook Medical. Instead, he thought he’d be leading a team of people on a soccer field. Read below for a Q & A with Caleb (4 year varsity soccer player and 2012 national champion) about how he ended up at Cook, his work there, and advice for students.
How did you get started in your career? Share a bit about your career journey.
My career journey was a bit of a roller coaster upon graduation. I was drafted by the Chicago Fire out of school, but after going through preseason with them I decided I didn’t want to pursue a career in soccer. I took the LSAT and began applying to law schools. In the process of doing that a family friend who was an attorney recommended I work for him for a year before I commit to law school. A great piece of advice as I found my passion more on the finance and business side of things rather than the law. I worked in Indianapolis for two years in IT Consulting as an account executive and ultimately was hired at Cook as a product manager and progressed into managing the business operations of the vascular division.
What does your day-to-day work look like at Cook Medical?
It sounds cliché, but it is true and it is one of the reasons I enjoy my job at Cook and that is no two days really seem the same. As a program manager of business operations a lot of my role is responsible for setting, managing, and executing the business strategies for the seven vascular programs in the Americas. Lots of calls about forecasting, marketing, and financial health of the division.
What advice would you give students looking for full-time jobs or internships?
Be patient and don’t expect to find your forever job/company the first, second, fifth, or even tenth time around. Don’t get hitched to one idea on your career path and if it doesn’t work out you get disappointed. Be open to trying new things and network and connect with people who are doing what you think you want to do. I thought I wanted to be a lawyer and it wasn’t until working for a law firm for a year that I decided it wasn’t the best fit for me. Had I not networked and been open to working for a year as an office clerk I may have been locked into something I found out I wasn’t passionate about.
Interested in learning more about Cook Medical? Check out opportunities to do so below.
Hear from a Cook Medical recruiter at the Careers in Life Sciences Series: Medical Systems and Devices on March 4, 1-2pm
Check out Cook Medical’s employer page on Handshake and follow them to be notified when they have openings.
Want to hear more directly from Caleb about what it’s like to work in sales at Cook? Connect with him on the Walter Center Success Network.