31 Oct Students ‘Insure’ Success with Corporate Career Panels
Throughout the week leading up to Career Exploration Day, FCB’s Career Development Office (CDO) hosted a series of Corporate Career Panels. Panels were comprised of representatives from various facets of the insurance industry and spanned across three days.
The first two panels, held on September 28 and October 5, featured representatives from: CINTAS, CEMEX, Vanguard, Enterprise Holdings, Barton Associates, CIGNA, GEICO, and Northern Trust. Company representatives highlighted their respective organizations, discussed various insurance roles, and provided information pertaining to opportunities within the industry. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and interact with corporate professionals.
“Each semester I try to find companies within a certain sector,” explained Ronald Smith, CDO director. “This semester we wanted to show students the different paths you can take in the insurance industry, which is more than just selling an insurance policy.”
The week’s panels concluded on October 6 with the Enterprise Risk Management Panel. In this panel, which was hosted by the Arizona Insurance Institute, insurance companies including Chubb, Nautilus Insurance, Liberty Mutual, Lovitt & Touche, discussed risk management and hosted a Q&A session with students [Arizona Insurance Institute story HERE].The panel also featured a networking event offering pizza and over $500 in prizes that students at the event were eligible to win.
Although the events featured fun and interactive ways for students to learn more about the insurance industry, the corporate career panels served a greater purpose.
“The panels are a great way for students to build rapport,” explained Smith, who encouraged students to take the information learned from the panels into their interactions with recruiters on Career Exploration Day.
This semester’s panels were attended by 200 students. The corporate career panel is a bi-annual event and typically precedes Career Exploration Day. Although this semester’s panel has concluded, plans for next semester’s panel are already in the works.