You read that right, stud muffin. Two words most people would never use in the same universe much less the same sentence I just put out there for a whole lotta people to read. Insurance is my career and while it may not be very ‘cool’ to admit, I LOVE it! Every single day, I wake up, hop in my car where I’m Sexy and I Know It is playing on loop and I think to myself “I’m going to do my sexy job, with my sexy coworkers, and my sexy clients.” Well…maybe that part is a lie and using the term sexy that much makes me uncomfortable, but the loving my job part is hand on the bible so help me God TRUTH. In the spirit of total honesty, that wasn’t my initial reaction to this industry.
I started this job to pay the rent until I could find the job that would light a fire and make life truly worthwhile. My perception was similar to what a vast majority of adults and college students think today- so. Insanely. boooooooring. Five years in and I’ve heard every reason insurance sucks- “insurance companies just want your money and I don’t want to be a part of that.” “There’s only old guys in it.” “Why would I do that when I can be [insert any other profession here.] “Cool….. I’m not here to defend any of those reasons; I still think being a trust fund baby might be more fun than insurance but regardless, there’s two sides to every story.
I use the term “sexy” loosely. The definition has changed throughout the years, but I want to be clear that we’re not running a 50 shades of insurance scheme at the office. I only mean something appealing to the masses. Urban dictionary’s definition explains the new definition of sexy to us. Sexy-Supposed to mean attractive, however recently it has become a word or ambiguous meaning that morons use when unable to think of a better adjective for some they like or find appealing.”
My husband and I are two very different people (or as some call us, millennials;) I love people. He hates people. I am glass half full. He is glass half empty. I think it’s acceptable to talk to strangers in line. He walks away to find the Oreos. Even being two completely different people there’s a place for him in my industry that he would probably love. What people don’t realize is that how versatile it is. There’s selling, there’s marketing, there’s processing, and managing, and pretty much anything else you could think of. Is your dream to be a deep-sea diver? Great! You could work in insurance to inspect dam walls or large watercraft and get paid to do just that. Do you love math and would be happy crunching numbers and spreadsheets all day? According to Forbes, one of the top jobs with the most earning potential in the world would be an insurance actuary where you could do just that. Me personally, I love people. I want to be around them and I want to help them. My job is all of that and then some.
Growing up my main concern was always the existential question of whether I could have it all someday. Could I have the career? Could I have a family? Could I have everything I wanted and more? I feared being stuck at a desk 8 to 5 every single day for the rest of my life. I feared working in a job that wouldn’t make a difference. All those fears have long since subsided. I now know within this profession I have an amazing career and when I do choose to have a family that not only will this provide all the flexibility that I need, but also the financial backing to be able to do all the things we want. I might not wear a cape, but I’ve saved the day a few times in my own way. When a client’s building is burning down and the sentence “I’m their insurance agent” gets you past the police and fire trucks it does give you all the feels. It’s even better when you’re standing in the same spot a year later looking at the brand-new building that your life’s work helped rebuild.
The insurance industry has ties back to 1750 BC with the Ancient Chinese so I guess you could say it’s well established. Just because it’s been around forever doesn’t mean that it isn’t evolving though. Technology is the world’s and insurance industry’s best asset. Things that would take days now take hours to improve someone’s daily life thanks to innovation. As if it that doesn’t make it appealing enough, in the next 5 years it’s said the 60% of our industry will be retiring. It’s a massive opportunity for those willing to take it.
I’ve heard it said that for millennials it’s no longer enough to simply just have a stable job. We want it all, the fulfillment, the salary, the flexibility, and all in the 21st century of technology. We want the cool factor and then some. It’s hard to find a profession that can give us every aspect we want, but I’m here to tell you, the job is out there. Those that came before may have done a horrible job of selling what a great life this profession can provide, but that’s all changing. Insurance is bringing sexy back.