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Career Story: Insurance Service Representative

Insurance Service Representative

Job Title: Insurance Service Representative

Type of Company: Property & Casualty Insurance, Employee Benefit Insurance, Personal Insurance

Education: High School

Previous Experience: I started working for an insurance agency right out of high school and stayed with it. I now have my property and casualty license as well as my life and health license.

Job Tasks: I help businesses protect their property and liability by writing an insurance policy for them. I gather information and take it to a company underwriter and then they pay a premium for the coverage. If there is a claim or a loss, they call me. For example, if someone falls on their property and gets hurt and brings a law suit against them for not shoveling the snow in the parking lot of their business, they would need liability insurance. Or if there is a fire and they need to replace all of their office property, this is property insurance. This is what you buy insurance for.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is feeling that I've helped someone. The worst part is having a lot to do and feeling a lot of pressure every day. I take my job very seriously and there is a fine line between having coverage and not having coverage when there is a claim.

Job Tips: If you'd like to start a career in insurance, you can start anywhere. There is so much to learn from any angle: Life, Health, Property & Casualty, Employee Benefits. You can start at a big company or at an independent agency. It's a stable career that you can excel in and go far in if you are honest and treat your insureds with respect. There will always be a need for insurance.

Additional Thoughts: A common misconception about my occupation is that it is just an "administrative" position. But is it far from just typing all day. You use your brain and you learn something new every day. You can excel and grow and go into so many different positions and career paths in the "insurance world" It is a great way to get started in the corporate environment.

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