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An open letter to college graduates from I.I.I. CEO Sean Kevelighan

 

June 2019

Dear College Graduate:

Congratulations! You made it!

Graduation isn’t an end, but a beginning. As you embark on your career path, please allow me to offer a few observations and some valuable guidance that others have shared with me:

  • Have an upward vision. Know where you want to go in life but understand that worthwhile journeys seldom follow a straight path; sometimes moving sideways creates a clearer route to the top.
  • Remember that what got you “here” won’t necessarily get you to “there.” Take stock of what’s around you and look for new skills and points of view that can contribute to success.
  • Be open to new challenges. You may find new perspectives on—and outlets for—your passions.

The last bit of advice is kind of familiar to those of us in the insurance industry. “I never considered a career in insurance when I was a student” is a pretty familiar refrain. Our team at the Insurance Information Institute includes an actuary who studied journalism, an economist who studied literature, and other dedicated professionals who’ve come to insurance from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Why did we all end up choosing insurance as a career? Because we have discovered what more than 2.5 million folks currently working in our industry already knew: That insurance careers offer virtually limitless opportunities to earn, learn, grow and make lasting contributions to your community every day.

So, if you haven’t yet considered a career in insurance, then you’re in good company. Because for 350 years, our industry has been driving innovation, embracing change and building a safer, more prosperous world. That’s why the I.I.I. and our member companies are proudly leading the charge to build a workforce that’s responsive to the needs of the people we serve.

We wish you all the best and hope you will choose insurance as a career.

 

Sincerely,

Sean M. Kevelighan

CEO

The Insurance Information Institute

 

AN OPEN LETTER TO COLLEGE GRADUATES From I.I.I. CEO, Sean Kevelighan

By Sean M. Kevelighan,
CEO, Insurance Information Institute

Dear College Graduate:

Do you know exactly where you want to work after graduation? If your answer is no, then you’re in good company.

A lot of people I’ve encountered during my time in the insurance industry share a common story: Looking back at their college years, they’re still a bit surprised to be working in insurance. However, now that they’re here, they cannot imagine being in any other field. And this is the essential truth about insurance careers: That you can make the most of your knowledge, talent, passions and ambitions, no matter what you’ve studied or where you want to go. So here’s your chance not to be “surprised” by the amazing range of careers in insurance. Instead, we urge you now to take control of what could be the opportunity of a lifetime.

Making a real difference in the world—every day

Insurance has a long heritage as the bedrock on which progress is built that dates back to the Age of Exploration. Today, the insurance industry is growing and evolving. We’re looking to recruit and hire the people who will power the future by embracing and innovating the breakthroughs that will help us fulfill our primary mission: to make communities safer, more resilient, and more productive—and to rebuild lives, households, and businesses after a loss.

Presently, the insurance industry employs more than 2.8 million people—art historians and actuaries; data scientists and drone pilots; marketers and M & A specialists; underwriters and overachievers of every stripe—all of whom enjoy careers that offer opportunities to earn and grow, and serve. Insurers invest in their workers by building corporate cultures that embrace diversity and inclusion, offer outstanding work/life balance, and serve their communities through organizations such as the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation.

Take the first step—you’ll be glad you did

As you embark on a path that will take you through life, I encourage you to investigate the limitless opportunities that insurance careers offer. To give you a sense of what you will find in the insurance industry, here are some facts and figures, as well as five stories of students and young professionals who are making their education and experience count: https://www.iii.org/article/careers-in-insurance.

On behalf of everyone at the Insurance Information Institute, we offer our congratulations on earning your degree and wish you the best of luck as you meet the next great challenges in life.

Sean Kevelighan, Chief Executive Officer

The Insurance Information Institute | www.III.org