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Bermuda Rising Stars

26 December 2015 Bermuda Re/insurance skillset. While the number of entry level job opportunities has decreased since I started in 2005, there is definitely still room for young professionals willing or wishing to join the industry. The opportunity for development is also available and it’s tailored based on the young professional’s personal goals, motivation and work ethic. If you are dedicated and willing to put in the time and effort required not only to do your job, but to excel in areas over and beyond your job description, opportunities will naturally arise. Also, managers and colleagues will recognise your ambition and would be willing to invest in you. What are your aspirations for the future? I have been fortunate to work alongside two dynamic managers and to be mentored separately by two prominent women in the insurance industry. I look forward to the opportunity when I am in a managerial role and have the ability to hire, train and encourage new entrants in the field. The next step for me would be to obtain a seat on the board of a non-profit organisation to provide strategic support for its work in the community while enhancing my soft skills which would be beneficial to my professional development. Ultimately, I have aspirations to speak on panels as it relates to my area of expertise. If you’d chosen a different profession/career path, what would it have been? Dentistry. However, I couldn’t see myself mastering all the biology courses required in the undergraduate programme! Underwriting in the medical malpractice and pharmaceutical space is the next best thing for me. BERMUDA’S RISING STARS Shelle Hendrickson Job title: Underwriter, excess casualty Company: XL Insurance (Bermuda), XL Catlin Why did you choose to go into the reinsurance industry? The majority of people I have come into contact with in the insurance industry say they just fell into it. I’m definitely one who knew leaving high school I would return to Bermuda after graduating from college and enter the insurance arena. Insurance was the largest industry in Bermuda when I was growing up. It was hard not to know about the opportunities the industry offered. My introduction to the industry was work-shadowing an actuary while in high school. This piqued my interest. However during my actuarial internship as an undergrad I became acutely aware that I needed a role that was more interactive. My mentor at the time suggested underwriting. I met with underwriters to discuss the role and I instantly knew that underwriting was for me. I liked the balance of solo and team work that the role entailed. I was intrigued by meeting clients and the travelling opportunities. Do you think the industry is attractive to young professionals? The insurance industry is very attractive to young professionals who know what opportunities exist. Working in the insurance industry provides opportunities to travel for both personal development and business purposes. There is relocation potential if those interested wish to live and work abroad, as many of the companies in Bermuda are global with offices around the world. The industry is rewarding because of its career advancement potential. Do you think the reinsurance industry offers good opportunities and career development to young professionals? I absolutely do. There are so many different positions within the insurance industry that can be obtained based on the individual’s


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