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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.

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