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My career goal through the insurance world



Roy Goodman once said, "Remember that happiness is a way of traveling, not a destination." Although my current career looks very different from what I had thought, life had other plans that have taken me on many trips before reaching my final destination

After graduating from college with a business degree, my next goal was to get a leadership position and work my way up in a company. Unfortunately, I graduated from college in the mid-eighties when the economy was in a decline. Over the next ten years, I worked at a few offices that did everything from being an accounting consultant, to a production coordinator at a factory and selling life insurance (definitely not for me).

I then applied to the local office of a local insurance company. There were some entry positions open and I think I interviewed five times before I even got the foot in the door. I never realized how many different careers were in the insurance industry – customer service, accounting, IT, claims, human resources, insurance contracts, marketing, sales and the list goes on. I entered the customer service field and advanced as positions became available. I continued to learn and challenge myself by taking insurance courses and getting names. I would have been happy to retire from where I was, but as Roy Goodman's quote says, "happiness is a route, not a destination." An opening for a commercial warranty engineer was posted and a mentor encouraged me to "go for it!"

"I want to be a commercial writer when I grow up," nobody said … ever. But here I am, working as a commercial insurer at Central Mutual Insurance and I love it!

As many older insurance personnel retire, there will be thousands of jobs in the insurance industry. This gives many young professionals the opportunity to "travel" to a good career.

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