Having felt the angry scourge and aftermath of several damaging hail storms this past summer, I shouldn’t have been surprised to learn that Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry is one of the largest contributors to our financial sector, employing more than 110,000 Canadians. Not far behind is our banking industry, with full time employment having increased 25.4% over the past ten years.
It appears to be a rosy outlook. Yet many are unaware of the variety of jobs, complexity and growth opportunities within each sector, even with the growth of, and reliance on, automation. According to the Canadian Banker’s Association, for example, these new technologies have resulted in interesting jobs that focus on the development of in-depth and value-added customer relationships, requiring banks to recruit employees with higher education or skill levels.
This is all good news for those thinking of using their transferable skills in a new profession. To explore this, the Calgary Public Library, in partnership with Alberta Works, is hosting a full day event focusing on these careers entitled Discover Careers in Banking and Insurance Wednesday June 19, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Central Library.
We are featuring a morning hosted by industry leaders and career champions, followed by an afternoon hiring fair. Trevor Buttrum, from the Insurance Institute of Canada, will be one of our keynote speakers and there to answer questions and address misconceptions. One of his favourites? “You do not require a business or finance degree to work in the industry,” says Trevor in a recent interview. “In fact, no matter what your background, chances are you can find ‘a fit’ in the insurance sector. Gifted at math? Consider a role as an actuary. Have a kinesiology, nursing or health sciences degree? Think about work as a loss adjuster specializing in accident benefits. English your thing? Take a look at underwriting." In other words, there is lot to explore and consider.
We invite you to join the discussion. To register for this free event, visit Eventbrite, or visit us the day of the event. For the complete list of companies and training partners at the event, visit Calgary Jobs on Facebook.