Gail FindlayFEATURED 1894 views
Gail Findlay1894 views
The last industry I thought I'd ever be working in would have been in insurance!
I love to travel so after doing the back packing "thing" around the world for two years in my early twenties, I decided that the travel industry was for me. Living in Darwin at that time, I duly went to uni. and underwent a ticketing course to obtain my accreditation to become a travel agent. Whilst awaiting a suitable position to become available, I joined a temp. agency and ended up as a data entry worker at TIO (Territory Insurance Office).
Well! Once I started working there, it turned in to a receptionist position at a brokerage, a domestic underwriter at another insurer (name shall remain nameless as they went bust), and by that time it was time to return to the family in WA to start a family. I was able to transfer down to Bunbury with this nameless insurer which was great for job security. A senior claims officer position in the Perth office was offered to me and accepted which led down the rabbit hole of working at different insurers and brokers alike, gaining a great wealth of experience that you simply cant get from a text book.
The best thing about the insurance industry and the different positions I held, is they allowed me to travel Australia and the rest of the world, so I would recommend it to anyone considering what career to enter. With today's technology and all our business done in the cloud,
it not only saves us printing and filing off reams of documents, only to gather dust on a shelf, but we are able to work from anywhere in the world, as long as we can access the internet.
I now have the best of all worlds including having my own business with IA South West, but still being an authorised rep. of a large broking group like Insurance Advisernet Australia.