It’s Labor Day weekend which marks the official end of summer for most students and workers. Vacation season is pretty much over as students return to school and workers begin to re-focus on work routines that have typically been somewhat disrupted by the distractions of warm summer months and the vacations taken both by themselves and co-workers. For those of us in the upper Midwest, having experienced one of the coldest and snowiest winters in several years just a few months ago, we bid summer farewell with considerable trepidation of what the months ahead hold for us.
Nevertheless, this Labor Day weekend is our opportunity to enjoy one final extended weekend of warm weather, outdoor fun, and of course the celebration of the contributions of labor. It is in the spirit of Labor Day that I would like to highlight the many types of career opportunities afforded by the risk and insurance industry. Many people view insurance employment in just one dimension – the insurance salesperson. That seems patently unfair since virtually every industry includes a sales component, and yet people don’t identify these other industries solely by their sales component. For example, if someone says that they work in the automotive industry, it could be manufacturing, marketing, finance, design, or any number of careers other than automotive sales. Automotive industry careers do not automatically conjure “salesperson” as the default occupation, but insurance does. Let’s face it, automotive salespersons (especially used cars) have had some public relations challenges as much as insurance sales, so why is the insurance industry occupational perception so biased towards sales?
Don’t misunderstand – the sales function is necessary in the insurance industry, just as it is necessary in any industry. Without sales of the product, nothing else matters. It requires talented people to perform this function. My point is that there is so much more to the insurance industry than sales, contrary to public perceptions. So on this Labor Day weekend, if you’re curious about other types of labor that comprise the insurance industry, please take a moment to explore the Gamma Iota Sigma Career Resources page. There is a treasure trove of career information there, and it may just broaden your perception of all that a laborer can do in the insurance industry.
Have a happy and safe Labor Day!