How To Get Into A Career In Insurance?

Written by on November 26, 2012 in Career - No comments | Print this page

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So you’ve decided that you want a career in insurance? You’ve made a good choice as careers in insurance certainly offer a good career structure, competitive salary and prospects for promotions.

To help you get your foot on the ladder being informed about insurance news would be a good place to start but there are other ways you can increase your likelihood of success.

Get hands on experience

Potential employers like to see job candidates with a healthy mix of relevant qualifications, flexibility and hands on experience. Taking part in internships can be a great way to get that vital experience and fortunately there are plenty of companies offering internships that provide just this in the insurance sector.

Willingness to travel

The prospect of traveling the world in a job sounds more than enticing to many and is not confined to footballers and movie stars. On the contrary, many big insurance companies have offices across the world, providing opportunities to work internationally.

Informing potential employers that you are willing to travel and that you are ready to experience different working cultures will send out all the right signals, thus increasing your chances of being employed in this highly competitive field.

Get qualified

Hands on experience and showing a willingness to travel may significantly make you more promising to employers but will need to be backed up by relevant qualifications. Whilst a good history of grades in mathematics will undoubtedly prove advantageous, many employers will be looking for specific insurance qualifications too.

For example, school and college leavers wanting to go down the insurance career path may want to consider gaining an insurance qualification at the Chartered Insurance Institute.


From new entrants with no experience in the field to experienced brokers looking to advance their career, the Chartered Insurance Institute offers a range of qualifications to cater for all levels of knowledge and experience. The Certificate of Insurance is a core qualification within the sector and it is likely that employers would expect applicants to have this under their belts before applying for a job.

To give yourself an even greater chance of getting employed in this competitive sector, you may want to consider getting a level 3 Certificate in Regulated General Insurance. This is a UK specific qualification but is still widely recognised throughout the industry.

Keep informed

From underwriting, being a broke to loss adjustment and claims management, there is an extremely vast range of career choices within the insurance industry. Keeping up to date with insurance news and all aspects of this continually evolving sector of finance is essential and will allow you to relay your knowledge at an interview. This will inevitably boost your chances of securing a job in this competitive but highly rewarding career.

This is a guest post provided by Lloyds of London. A specialist in the insurance industry, they are an invaluable resource when it comes to keeping abreast of the latest insurance news.

This is a guest post provided by Lloyds of London. A specialist in the insurance industry, they are an invaluable resource when it comes to keeping abreast of the latest insurance news.

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