dcsimg

Career Story: District Manager For A Commercial Insurance Company

District Manager For A Commercial Insurance Company

Job Title: District Manager

Type of Company: I work for a national insurance company.

Education: BBA, Management, University of Wisconsin

Previous Experience: Insurance Management

Job Tasks: I manage people who decide how much to charge to insure property: commercial buildings and their contents, for the most part. (Examples of such properties are office buildings, apartment buildings, airports and manufacturing facilities.) The cost is normally based on four criteria known, collectively, as "COPE": Construction, Occupancy, Protection and Exposure. "Construction" refers to what the structure's made of: wood, concrete, steel, cement block, etc. "Occupancy" is what goes on inside it. "Protection" refers to the availability of water to fight a fire, if a fire were to start. And "Exposure" is what's nearby -- what adjoins the building. Is it another building? And, if so, is it of the same type of construction?

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is learning how things that we take for granted are made. But learning how the climate interacts with us and about the impact that hurricanes, floods and earthquakes have on us is interesting too.

The worst part, in contrast, is managing people who don't like what they're doing. You can't motivate unhappy people.

Job Tips:
1. Chase your passion, not money. In other words, do what you like. You spend too much time working and getting to work to do something you don't like. 2. It is a tech world; master the use of computers. 3. Look for someone willing to mentor you. 4. Accept criticism. 5. Don't be afraid to ask questions. New employees are not expected to "know" everything. Your boss will appreciate your interest in learning.

Additional Thoughts: Commercial insurance is not the boring, stuffy job that you'd imagine. I have had to learn how buildings are constructed and what the different types of construction are: what the process is, what the materials are. It is a career that never grows old, one that allows you to continue to learn. In essence, it's a dream job for someone who's inquisitive.

Popular Schools offering Management Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: DBA in Project Management, AA in Business, MA: Executive Leadership, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Associate, Master

Founded in 1911, Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a nationally ranked private university with seven degree-granting schools.

  • Programs: M.S. in Data Science
  • Degrees: Master

Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) - The Original Information School - is proud of its position as a leader in the field.

  • Programs: MS in Information Management
  • Degrees: Master

Fremont College traces its roots to Platt College’s founding in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1879, and the Southern California branch campus was established in 1986.

  • Programs: BA - Business Leadership
  • Degrees: Bachelor

About Boise State University

Boise State University is a highly respected, public, metropolitan research university offering lifelong learning.

  • Programs: Master of Business Administration
  • Degrees: Master

Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.

  • Programs: MBA Nursing Administration and Leadership (MBA) - Online
  • Degrees: Master

See What’s Possible When You Earn a Degree at Florida Tech 100% Online

  • Programs: MBA Management, MA in Organizational Leadership, MBA Project Management, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor, Associate

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Programs: Management (MSM), Business Administration - Organizational Management (BS) (Online), Business Administration (AS) (Online), more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor, Associate

Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.

  • Programs: Transformational Leadership (EDD)
  • Degrees: Doctorate

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

  • Programs: Business Administration - Property Management (BS), Business Administration (BS)
  • Degrees: Bachelor
Matching School Ads
You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about General Managers, including:

Back to Top