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12 Feb 18 15:27

Would you believe me if I told you there is an industry that anyone can enter and be successful? Would you believe me if I told you that this industry has global touch and works to improve the world we live in? Would you believe me if I told you this is the daily work of the re/insurance professional?

The reality is, most people's eyes glaze over when you tell them you work in insurance. There's a very little understanding of the business, and most people think you are going to try to sell them a homeowner's policy. Still to this day, my peers think it's crazy I work at a re/insurance company. They don’t understand what I do, despite the countless stories I tell them. In my short two years in the industry, I've learned a tremendous amount, traveled domestically & internationally, and worked with many incredible and highly successful people.

Contrary to popular belief, working in re/insurance is far from boring. As many industry professionals have said in the past, re/insurance is a 'hidden gem' in the business world. Working in an industry that manages 'risk' has taught me that there are limitless opportunities to make an impact in the world, and there truly is a career for everyone. Whether you work as an investor, an actuary, a data scientist, a meteorologist, a statistician, a sales manager, a consultant, an engineer, a claims adjuster, or a risk manager – there is a NEED for you in this industry.

It's important to note that the fundamentals of risk have remained fairly constant from the beginning of time. However, it's how risk manifests in society that has changed. Advancements in technology, improvements in medicine, continuous research and development, and better construction materials have reduced risk, but also enables new, unprecedented risks to evolve. We all work together to mitigate risk, with the ultimate goal to improve society.

For me personally, the most rewarding and humbling aspect of my job is knowing I'm making an impact to help better our society. Working as an underwriter, it's very easy to get lost in all the technical aspects of my role. However, I gently remind myself to take a step back and look at the bigger picture; I remind myself of the impact and purpose of my job and the relevancy of my work. I remind myself that I'm working to help protect my client and their financial needs. Lastly, I remind myself how good it feels to help someone. Because at the end of the day, working in this industry, you're helping someone rebuild their lives after a catastrophe strikes. To me, it's humbling to know I'm working towards helping that person get back on their feet.

I'm proud to work in an industry, and for a corporation that strives to make the world more resilient. If you want a job that matches these values, utilizes your education and skillset, and has a huge growth potential, then re/insurance is a great place for you!

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Jennifer Stevens - 13 Feb 2018, 7:14 p.m.

Thank you Gabrielle! I agree with everything said here! Many who will read this are just starting their career. As one who is looking backward at 26 (!!!!!) years in the industry - I can tell you that I have been challenged, inspired, rewarded, exhausted (in a good way) and above all happy and fulfilled in my career in (re) insurance. I've done 10 corporate moves across the US and internationally, held a variety of roles and worked with so many wonderful colleagues - too many to thank individually! The role our product and colleagues play in society (resilience, recovery, innovation) is our reason for being. I hope that you have many readers of this article - we all need to work together to bring new and exciting talent to this wonderful career!!!

Nitin Nayak - 13 Feb 2018, 10:39 p.m.

Very interesting article Gabrielle! You make a wonderful ambassador for the vast and varying opportunities offered by the reinsurance industry, especially to young professionals.

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