Alumni Spotlight: Chuck Wood

Chuck Wood (3rd from left)

My experience so far in the insurance industry has been overall great. Honestly it started out a little rough. I took a job working for a State Farm agent right out of school. The job was not for me. So I began searching for a different position in the industry and found Tower Hill. The position I took was Renewal Underwriter I. I took a shot at a position that I did not meet the qualifications for with an obvious lack of experience on my resume. However, the hiring managers at Tower Hill were impressed enough with my degree and collegiate studies designation from The Institutes that they offered me a job.

I have been working as an underwriter for about 10 months now and absolutely love it. The people I work with are great and the job is honestly so easy I can’t believe they pay me to do it. I review home inspections and applications. When I review applications I check for completion first, then screen the answers to make sure they are all within our guidelines.

I would not have had this opportunity without EKU and my RMI degree. I feel as if I am better suited for my job then my coworkers who have been in the industry for years. While they know this specific job they do not have a well-rounded base of knowledge of insurance to pull from. Thanks to the RMI program, I have that base to go off of and do not feel confined to just one part of the industry. I would feel just as confident going into a risk management job interview as I would a commercial lines or a personal lines job interview.

If I could give advice to a soon to be graduate from the program it would be to network as much as possible. Meet different people with different jobs and find what sounds the most appealing to you. Sales is not the only job in the industry. Get out there and start applying for jobs before graduation so you can start making money and living life. If the first job you take isn’t a great fit, it’s not the end of the world or your career. You just have to find the one that is a fit for you.

Published on August 03, 2016

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