Hey, you have a job in insurance! Congratulations!
Now comes the hard part: explaining your career to your friends and family.
Whether you’re around the table at a family gathering or out with your friends, explaining an insurance career is never easy. By now, you know that it’s one of the most misunderstood industries, so you’ll have to explain not only what you do, but also how insurance works in general. Ask any industry veteran, it’s tough to talk about in casual conversation.
“I really look at this stuff like, how would I explain this to a seventh grader?” said Marty Frappolli, senior director of Knowledge Resources at The Institutes and a nearly 30-year insurance industry veteran. “If you can explain it to a seventh grader, then you’re getting it down to the fundamentally important pieces.”
With that advice in mind, here are some tips for making it easier to talk about your career.
Speak in everyday, practical, jargon-free language about what you do, and explain your role as you would to someone hearing about it for the first time. Don’t immediately assume that someone knows what a claims adjuster or an underwriter does on a daily basis, or even that he or she grasps the principles behind the industry.