Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.
We asked Karl Curran from Insurance to give some advice for people considering this job:
I would highly recommend this job but I’d say to start taking insurance exams as soon as possible and get them done while you’re young.
I’d also recommend talking to as many people in the industry to see what area of insurance you want to go into i.e. Insurer, Broker, Loss Adjuster etc. – they’re very different!
What are your interests?
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I was unsure what I wanted for a career whilst at school so I tried to keep my choices open.
I took A levels in Economics,Geography and History. I did not have a gameplan at that stage and it seems strange that I have ended up in what is perceived as a Science Centre without studying pure science at A level.
I suppose the standard advice is to think carefully about your career early on and think about how doors can be closed by not choosing the appropriate subjects. Easy if you know what you want at an early age! I didn't.