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What are your interests?

Naturalist?

Naturalist

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

Career Advice

Career Advice

What advice do you have for school leavers?

For school leavers currently weighing up their career options, a career in insurance should certainly be a consideration. With a stable of the most financially sound and reputable employers across financial services, there are lots of opportunities for bright, enthusiastic people who are willing to learn, not to mention optimum opportunities to grow and develop.

Entry level positions in administration, claims, underwriting and broking are all possible options if you possess the right mix of verbal and written communication skills. Due to Central Bank of Ireland compliance requirements, some of these roles require you to undertake a professional qualification within four years, allowing you the opportunity to earn while you learn.

For those looking to further their education before entering the workplace, perhaps consider Business or Finance related qualifications, as these contain lots of crossover skills and knowledge which can be utilised in the insurance market.

Insurance and risk degree holders are generally highly desirable as entry level employees within the sector and they may also benefit from certain exemptions towards achieving their professional insurance qualifications.

Alternatively, it is possible for students, who are interested in a career in insurance, to complete one or more of the entry modules directly with The Insurance Institute of Ireland or LIA. This could provide them with a distinct advantage over their peers during the recruitment process.

New Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship

Be the first to hear about the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship 2017 - click here to register your interest.

School leavers who embark on the professional Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship Scheme will get their foot on the career ladder earlier than most graduates, while still earning a level 8 qualification and a salary. The Insurance Practitioner Apprentices will become part of a pool of talent from which organisations can recruit when looking for people who want to create a strong career in the insurance industry and who have the qualifications and employability skills to do so.

The BA (Hons) Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship, a level 8 ‘earn and learn’ degree delivered by The Insurance Institute and IT Sligo, which combines academic qualifications with practical on-the-job learning.

Flexible route to Financial Services

LIA can assist school-leavers and graduates with an avenue into the workforce with courses that:

  • have no points requirements
  • have minimum Leaving Cert requirements (5 passes)
  • are recognised by 100s of large employers
  • require no CAO application
  • are accredited by UCD

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What advice do you have for graduates?

Graduates with a solid primary degree or third level qualification will find opportunities within all sectors of the insurance industry without necessarily having to pursue further postgraduate studies.

Due to the compliance requirements of the Central Bank of Ireland, they may be required to partake in the professional exams, however with qualifications already under their belt they may be entitled to exemptions for some of the more advanced modules including marketing, law etc.

Each year the industry successfully inducts many of Ireland's top graduates into its ranks and will blend their skills and knowledge to complement their existing workforce. Graduates should pursue the areas of insurance that most interest them, but not exclude other areas as these may provide a different angle of approach to the sector and can ultimately lead to a more varied and interesting career path.

Be the first to hear about the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship 2017 - click here to register your interest.

Find out more about career opportunities in the Insurance Industry here.

Flexible route to Financial Services

LIA can assist school-leavers and graduates with an avenue into the workforce with courses that:

  • have no points requirements
  • have minimum Leaving Cert requirements (5 passes)
  • are recognised by 100s of large employers
  • require no CAO application
  • are accredited by UCD

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Find out more here

What advice do you have for career changers?

Insurance is such a diverse industry that even those already working in the sector have opportunities for career change. It's not uncommon for experienced claims professionals to switch to loss adjusting as they both contain similar claims management skills at their core.

Equally it's not uncommon for underwriters to cross into broking as they both have a good solid base of insurance knowledge. Anyone new to the sector should be aware of the key skills and qualities necessary for success in the industry.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, IT proficiency, a keen interest in the market and a willingness to learn are all highly valued. Enthusiasm works wonders in most industries including insurance, so no matter what your previous experiences, there are several areas within insurance where you could potentially transfer into.

Individuals with experience in sectors such as construction, healthcare and motor trade have been recruited recently to some of the larger insurers where their specialist experience is very desirable.

Find out more about career opportunities in the Insurance Industry here.

What advice do you have for those wishing to go back to work?

For anyone who has been unemployed or out of work for any reason for a long period, entering the insurance market may be a little difficult initially. However, a good set of core skills and qualifications should make the transition a little easier.

Applicants with a decent standard of education, good communication abilities, IT proficiency, and an enthusiasm to learn will always be of interest to the industry's top employers.

You may need to upskill and for those committed to a career in the insurance industry, it could be beneficial to hold, or be undertaking one of the recognised designations (e.g. APA, CIP, QFA) whilst job-hunting. Such candidates have a distinct advantage over their peers.

For those who successfully pass their exams and learn the key skills required in underwriting, claims or broking, there are endless opportunities for career advancement, with many promoted to more senior positions within a 3–5 year timescale.

Find out more about career opportunities in the Insurance Industry here.