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Karl Curran, Associate Director
Karl Curran is an Assosiate Director at Aon Insurance. He completed a two year diploma in Business Studies at DIT after which he was offered a position within Aon. His is currently undertaking a degree in International Finance & Banking with the Institute of Bankers and has begun working towards obtaining the FCII.
I always had a keen interest in business so I always focused on the business modules such as Business Studies, Accountancy and Economics as opposed to say the Science suite.
After school I went to DIT and studied business studies for 2 years and gained a diploma. Then when I started in Aon I immediately began working towards my ACII which involved 11 exams.
I obtained my ACII in December 2012. I’m also currently undertaking a degree in International Finance and Banking with the Institute of Bankers and have begun working towards obtaining the FCII.
I think college prepared me for the real world. The most important thing it taught me was how to communicate with other people and also socialise.
I think these are very important skills in the business world. Obtaining the ACII has also helped demonstrate my professionalism and commitment to insurance.
As above I’m currently doing the FCII and a degree in International Finance & Banking. I’m also participating in a number of internal Aon courses.