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The insurance industry is growing and has a high need for talented professionals with a variety of training and skills. Recruiters are asking job seekers “where do you fit in?” In this series, Cincinnati Insurance associates describe their own career journeys.
Eight months ago, I knew very little about insurance.
I especially didn’t think my psychology degree – still in the works – had any place in the insurance industry. Most college students working on a psychology degree have a specific path in mind. Clinical psychologists, school counselors, maybe even psychology-professors-in-the-making are all around me.
As a 17-year-old entering college, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I enjoyed learning about psychology, so I thought, “Why not declare that my major? Maybe I will find a path I like.” It’s been four long years of listening to my advisors assure me that I’m not the only one still searching for a path, and I still haven’t found it. You can imagine that an introverted college student about to graduate with no plans for further education would be a bit worried about what happens after she receives that diploma.
I was, but I’m not worried any more.
Last fall, I applied for an internship at Cincinnati Insurance after I received an email from my school, Northern Kentucky University. I thought, IT testing intern? What on earth could that mean? But I decided to go for it anyway. What did I have to lose? I needed to try things to find out what I did and didn’t want to do, not to mention that I was getting pretty tired of my retail job after three years.
Once I was hired, I learned heaps about not only insurance, but all the parts of an insurance company that I had never thought about. It seems silly, but sometimes I underestimate the amount we rely on computers. There’s an IT department pretty much everywhere for that reason, and now I was a part of one. IT…could I really do this?
I could, and I have enjoyed it.
The past seven months working in Quality Assurance have taught me many things: that I can work in IT; that my degree and willingness to learn can open doors to a number of career paths; that the insurance industry offers a lot – a stable income and environment, the opportunity to build a career and make valued contributions; …read more
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