How To Start Your Career In Insurance Without A Degree
By Natalie Wilson
January 26 2022 - Working in insurance can be a great and reliable career path for people, as it will always be needed! It can offer so many opportunities, no matter the areas you want to work in. If you are interested in learning how to enter this industry without the need for a degree, then youíre in the right place.
Do Your Research
The first thing that you need to do to kickstart a career in insurance is to learn about the industry. Having an understanding of the different sectors, what a job in that sector would entail and the skills required to do well in it is essential. You might really like the idea of working as a financial analyst, but through research, you find out it wouldnít give you the opportunity to make use of your best skills. Equally, perhaps when you read a bit more about being a credit insurance broker, you realise that this could be really well suited to you even though you havenít considered it before.
When you start to craft your CV and look for work experience, having a good knowledge of the industry as a whole will be really impressive, as well as having an idea of the areas you are most interested in.
Show An Interest
Now that you have started to develop a knowledge of the industry, itís time to show an interest in your own time to impress people looking over your CV. As you might not have any direct experience, showing that you are willing to learn and invest time in the industry can be really valuable.
One way to do this is by setting up a blog about insurance for beginners, where you do in-depth research to help people understand the basics of insurance. Another thing you could do is create a Linkedin account and connect with people in the insurance industry, so you are constantly up to date with the latest industry news. When you eventually go on to look for experience or jobs and are preparing for an interview, having a significant amount of Linkedin connections and having a few pieces of current news ready to discuss in interviews will look extremely impressive!
Make Your CV Specific
Next up, now you have a few ideas about the sectors you are most interested in, itís time to make your CV more specific. A CV to gain experience in insurance or for a first job in insurance will look completely different to how it might already look, so it is important to know what you need to include and what isnít necessary.
The main sections you need to include are your key skills (and examples of how you have shown them in previous roles), experience, education and contact details. A professional overview section at the top will also give you an opportunity to show what you can offer and how committed you are to this career path. When you are applying for entry-level jobs or work experience, companies will not necessarily be looking for you to have years of experience, but want to find someone hard working who is willing to grow with the company.
For example, if you have had part time jobs in restaurants, rather than explaining about the jobs you would do in the restaurant, explain the skills you developed in the environment and how these would translate into a career in insurance. For example, if you were interested in account management for an insurance company, you could talk about how your experience in restaurants helped you to communicate with a wide demographic of people.
Get Experience In A Relatively Large Company
Our next tip would be to get experience in a relatively large insurance company. Once you have crafted a great CV tailored to the insurance industry, start sending it out to relatively large insurance companies with multiple departments. Make sure to include a covering letter showing you have done some research into that company specifically. This will give you the opportunity to experience multiple different departments, as although research is useful, it is important that you get to experience the different types of insurance in a real working environment to gauge how interested you are.
When doing this, make sure you work really hard, as often successful interns are offered entry-level jobs. If nothing comes from the internship, make sure that you say you would be interested in any entry-level vacancies and ask where you could keep up to date with them. Also, your experience will be really valuable and definitely something to put on the CV!
So, there you have it! Just because you donít have a degree, it definitely doesnít mean that you canít pursue a career in insurance. The most important things that you need to do are do your own research to make sure you have a good understanding of the industry as a whole. Then, show you have a real interest by creating a blog or being active on Linkedin. Create a specific and relevant CV to send out to companies and then be ready to do some work experience within companies to find out whether this is really the career you want to pursue.
When you have the right attitude, you can achieve great things! So, commit some time and effort into this and you will definitely reap the benefits further down the line. All it takes is one connection on Linkedin or one good interview to really change your future.
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