Advice for Insurance Professionals From Women at Argo

Advice to Young Professionals From Industry Veterans

Learn about the exciting diversity, complexity and opportunity of an insurance career.

Three women at Argo share guidance about the always-evolving insurance industry, opportunities for women specifically and tips for handling career challenges. Click on each image below to read their advice.

Sandy Zrimsek
Sandy Zrimsek
Vice President, Head of Garage
Sandy Zrimsek
Sandy
Zrimsek
Vice President, Head of Garage
Pay attention to details.
Insurance is complicated. It requires professionals to pay attention to details and keep up with constantly evolving state and federal regulations. Young professionals should know that their lives will never be boring in this industry. Insurance isn’t black and white, and there is a lot of room for creativity and innovation.
Expand your comfort zone.
The garage and transport sector of insurance is particularly interesting because there are so many moving parts, each with its own set of challenges. Whether we’re talking about state requirements for automobiles in garage policies or advancing in the competitive marketplace, we’re constantly updating guidelines or developing intricate strategies for these insurance products. I encourage you to dive in and expand your comfort zone. If you’re hungry for a challenge and determined to create solutions, this is the right industry for you.
Take the lead.
Young women are the future of insurance! Women have powerful intuition that can help make well-informed, efficient decisions. I urge women to speak up and lead.
Amber Gargan
Amber Gargan
Underwriting Manager, Transportation
Amber Gargan
Amber
Gargan
Underwriting Manager, Transportation
Collaboration is key.
Because the insurance industry is so nuanced and demanding, the work can be challenging in ways that will surprise you. You’ll find very few people have all the answers.
Embrace curiosity.
I encourage those entering the industry to take as many different insurance classes as possible to broaden your horizons. No matter your experience level, embrace your curiosity and learn everything you can about the industry. If you work hard, ask questions and engage with your colleagues, you can be successful in insurance.
Kerri Irving
Kerri Irving
Underwriting Manager, Transportation
Kerri Irving
Kerri
Irving
Underwriting Manager, Transportation
Learn from each other.
Before I joined the insurance industry, I hadn’t expected the level of excitement this field brings. There are myriad opportunities across various risk types that come in daily. As more people enter the industry, it’s critical we learn from each other’s diverse backgrounds and develop new solutions to innovate in the world of insurance.
Think out of the box.
I encourage younger people to keep an open mind and to eliminate the phrase “That’s just the way we’ve always done it.” The insurance industry has embraced new niche markets because of the pandemic. Insurance professionals have been forced to get creative, and that’s not a bad thing. Self-driving cars, robotic parking systems, grocery delivery … the list goes on. With so many changes affecting the garage insurance market, I’m hopeful this next generation will contribute out-of-box thinking to develop new strategies to help manage risks.
Push yourself.
This might sound like a cliché, but keep your head up no matter what comes your way. You will face challenges and hardships and be pushed to the brink. To grow and evolve, you must push yourself, break out of your comfort zone, and assert yourself. There are going to be days when your confidence is in tatters, but remember, tomorrow is a new day and every setback is an opportunity for growth.

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