How do you believe NewSure supports women?
I believe there’s a generational issue in our industry and it’s crucial to advocate for the younger brokers and assistants to develop their skills and careers. This is why we encourage professional growth through training and on-the-job support. Once an employee gets to a stage where they are comfortable with their ability, they are offered a small portfolio to manage as a stepping point to growing the portfolio to move into a full-time broker position.
On a personal level, NewSure has always encouraged me to evolve from primarily support roles.
What do you think the insurance industry needs to do to attract more women and create more of a gender-equal future?
When I started in insurance in the 80s, the topic of gender diversity was not discussed; it was definitely a male-dominated sector. Today, we’ve made progress to have gender balance in the industry and I can see the role that women can play in the future.
Insurance has also become incredibly complex and nuanced and it’s more reliant on relationship building – an area many women have an affinity for.
What’s advice you’d give to the women of the future/women who are looking to join the insurance industry?
Be interested in people and have the willingness to learn. As whilst the work can be extremely satisfying, it can be quite stressful and demanding, set boundaries early on and ensure you have allowances for work-life balance.
Tracey Kesby is a Broker Assistant at NewSure. We offer complete insurance solutions for all types of businesses – from start-ups to medium and large size enterprises. Let us help you.
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