Communications and Marketing

Exploring careers in insurance

There’s a good reason Kelsie Miller ’15 returned to campus to participate in a first-ever Careers in Insurance panel: She wants students to understand the big opportunities available in her industry.

“I wish I would’ve known about insurance when I was a student,” said Miller, who now works as an inland marine underwriter for Travelers Insurance in Chicago. Miller started interviewing for her job in March of her senior year and was offered the position two months later.

Miller’s story is not unusual, according to the other panelists. The group came to campus to share with students their individual career stories and advice during the well-attended event in the Calvin Durand Lounge.

“It was a good introduction,” said Lauren Bell ’18, a politics and economics double-major and legal studies minor. “Each panelist worked in different aspects of the industry, so we got a really good overview.” 

From a risk consultant to a panel member who holds a PhD in hydrology, students learned how wide-ranging the industry is and where their individual skills and interests may fit.

“It was really useful for me to understand what opportunities there are,” Bell said. “I know I don’t want to be an actuary—I don’t like math that much—and I really want to work with people. Now I see the different avenues I can take.”

After the panel discussion ended, students had an opportunity to network with the professionals.  

“The panel style was great for students who are not that good at networking yet. They can dip their toe in and then go to the Career Advancement Center to further explore a job they thought sounded really cool,” said Bell, a David B. Mathis Kemper Scholar.

The on-campus Careers in Insurance panel was sponsored by the Kemper Foundation