I had the opportunity to meet with a couple of representatives of the InVEST organization this past week. It was an exhilarating conversation about the tremendous potential for young people to find stable, rewarding, and lucrative careers in the risk management and insurance industry. Although I have written about this organization before, I want to take a moment to highlight a couple of excellent resources offered by InVEST.
First, the InVEST online Career Center offers many resources for students and other curious folk to check out. Second, within the Career Center is a link to a free Caliper personality profile that will provide some very insightful guidance regarding insurance careers that may be a good fit with the student’s personality. The Career Center web page actually has two different links for the Caliper personality profile – one for entry level (ideal for students) and one for people already in the industry. I assume that the latter profile is for insurance people looking for a change of focus in their career, or perhaps just looking for confirmation that they’re on a career path that is consistent with their personality. I intend to try this free tool to see if my personality still fits the underwriter persona that got me started in the industry back around the time that the last dinosaur passed away. I’ll post my results.
A few weeks ago I wrote about and highlighted MIFuture.org and its efforts to develop young insurance talent for the Michigan (and beyond) insurance industry. Now I would like to highlight another organization that has a nationwide reach and a plethora of resources for both students and educators. INVEST has a forty-year history of advancing the education and development of talent for the insurance industry.
I strive to convince young people that the risk management and insurance industry is a viable career option that is not as staid and boring as some think it is. In fact, it is one of the most stable industries going, and offers a wide variety of career options. The stability of the industry is illustrated by my first employer straight out of college many years ago: I worked for CIGNA Property & Casualty which at that time included a subsidiary known as the Insurance Company of North America, which happens to be the oldest U.S. stock insurance company tracing its founding back to 1792. Insurance is an industry that is here to stay and its employment opportunities are not as susceptible to the economic winds as are many other industries.
With that in mind, young students who care to explore the industry should peruse a few of INVEST’s resources that are specifically geared towards those interested in learning more. I highly recommend INVEST’s LearnInsurance.org website. Students can explore the different insurance career options and find where their interests may best fit. They may also learn some insurance fundamentals and find scholarship opportunities.
For those already in the industry, or in education positions devoted to teaching insurance content, the INVEST website offers many great resources as well. I encourage you to check it out, and support this organization.