Does anyone grow up imagining they would work in insurance?
The answer is no, yet the UK insurance industry employs 315,000 people and is the largest in Europe and the third largest in the world. Global insurer RSA is trying to tackle this issue by working directly with students across the UK by providing an insight into the industry whilst helping them to develop the soft skills needed for the workplace.
Raising the profile of insurance as a career choice
RSA employs 14,000 people around the world, including many sites in the UK. The company is working with schools in local communities, sending in staff volunteers to design and deliver interactive workshops designed to develop students’ employability skills and encourage them to consider a career in insurance.
This week (13 February 2017), RSA staff worked with 30 pupils aged 16-17 (year 12) from Ken Stimpson Community School (KSCS) to help them think about what they want to do after they leave school and university.
The school, situated in Werrington (north Peterborough), is a specialist international, business and enterprise school that works closely with local businesses as well as partner schools in China, the USA and Malawi.
Career workshops hosted by RSA
The workshops showed the students the broad range of careers in insurance: from the mathematical skills of underwriting to the human interaction of major loss claims. They also included advice about skills and behaviours that can help your employment prospects.
Becky Dainty, one of the RSA volunteers running the workshops said:
“It was so much fun. The students were fantastic and just needed an insight into the workplace to increase their confidence and think more about their next steps. Although RSA is based only ten minutes from the school, they weren’t either aware of what we do or the varied job opportunities we offer. It was great to be able to chat through my career progression and hopefully I may be working with some of them in the near future!”
Andrea Ayre, community co-ordinator at Ken Stimpson Community School added:
“It was a pleasure to work with inspirational employees from RSA. Our students were full of praise for RSA volunteering to support them on their journey into the world of work. The volunteers from RSA gave valuable advice about improving networking and employability skills. We look forward to working with them again in the future.”
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