What does a ‘day-in-the-life’ of (your job title) consist of?
I get to work via the subway, which is more relaxing than it may sound. During my commute I read, listen to a Podcast, or relax before my work-day begins. The first thing I do when I get to work is go through any emails waiting for me and create a list of priorities in order of importance. This to-do list is always changing and is something I create on a daily basis. I recommend this to everyone, no matter what job you may have!
Many of my tasks involve risk analysis: researching flood or earthquake hazards of potential properties we may insure, assessing the risk we may take on, pricing new business and renewal business, and completing any documentation needed. I work alongside Senior Underwriters that I talk to every day. We spend time together going over accounts and deciding what we need to complete as a team. I am like an assistant to the Senior Underwriters, but I also benefit from their training and guidance. Some days, the entire office meets as a team to discuss new business opportunities and recent successes or areas where we have room to improve. Some days, we meet with insurance agents to present our quotes or to discuss new business that they might be marketing.
Work in this field tends to follow a 9-5 schedule Monday-Friday. If you are analytical, enjoy working with a team, and can see yourself in an office environment, this could be a career for you!
What advice would you give someone considering this career?
Make a connection with someone who has been in this field for long time. This may be easier than you think, and it only takes one connection to hear about a new job opening, training program, or internship that may be a fit for you. I still go to mentors in my field for job advice all the time. Build your network and don’t be afraid to ask for a phone call or a meeting over coffee. It may be intimidating at first, but many professionals in the field would love to offer advice to someone young and starting out.
What is a book or movie that has inspired you?
Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden was recommended to me by a colleague and really got me motivated when I was first looking for a job.
Do you (or your company) offer internships or job shadow opportunities to high school students? If so, how would a student go about applying for one of those?
While Hanover does not have internship programs designed for high school students, keep an eye out for opportunities with us later in your college career.
I am an Underwriting Assistant at Hanover Insurance in the Downstate NY office. We sell insurance to mid-large size businesses in many different industries including manufacturing, technology, human services, retail operations, and hotels/restaurants. I help the Underwriters on my team with risk analysis, pricing, and documentation.