Career Opportunities in Insurance
Insurance is about delivering peace of mind. Being part of the insurance industry means you're there to protect people, communities and businesses when they are at their most vulnerable.
The sector offers a diverse range of employment opportunities, providing people of varying skills and talents with a host of exciting career prospects. From sales and marketing to risk management and underwriting, insurance is a multi-faceted industry – so whether you’re a strong communicator, an analytical thinker or a numbers person there is a role for you.
Working in the industry offers plenty of benefits, including:
- good work-life balance
- professional development
- diverse career opportunities
- a culture of life-long learning
You can take pride in a profession that plays a vital role in the community and promotes high ethical standards and business practices.
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There are around 27,000 people employed in the insurance industry in Ireland today. With opportunities for graduates, undergraduates, school leavers and professionals considering a career change, there is a multitude of career paths to follow within the industry.
Work experience, graduate development programmes and entry level training programmes are just some of the ways you can begin your career in insurance.
Internships are an excellent way for you to gain experience; they also allow you to discover if a career in insurance is for you. It is often the case that companies do not advertise internships or work experience opportunities, so speculative applications are essential.
Some qualities that employers seek in an intern include:
- A knowledge of the insurance industry
- Communication skills; insurance is a relationship business and the ability to network is important
- An eye for detail
Specific skills and technical knowledge will vary depending on the type of role you want to apply for.
Graduate Programmes/Training Programmes
Some of the larger insurance companies offer graduate development programmes, which usually involve graduates working in various aspects of the business in six month rotations over a two year period.
Entry level training programmes involve companies sponsoring new entrants to the industry to sit insurance exams and earn the Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA) or Professional Diploma in Insurance (CIP).