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Bermuda Rising Stars

27 December 2015 Bermuda:Re/insurance+ILS BERMUDA’S RISING STARS Most teams provide a good balance between experienced support and individual responsibility, which allows young professionals to accelerate their career from an early stage. This is particularly notable in Bermuda due to the added benefit of working in a market with daily exposure to senior executives. Training opportunities allow for constant personal development, including mentor relationships, professional qualifications, and soft skills classes. What are your aspirations for the future? I am fortunate to work for a multinational company, the best in its field, where there are constant opportunities to learn, take on more responsibility and pursue new prospects. I strive for enjoyment, development and success in any role for the future. If you’d chosen a different profession/career path, what would it have been? I never anticipated entering the financial world; had I not been offered the job at Aon, I would have continued travelling and become a journalist. Jemma Henry Job title: Broker Company: Aon Benfield Career path Jemma Henry is a broker at Aon Benfield. Following a language degree at Bristol University, she entered the reinsurance industry on the Aon graduate scheme, rotating between Latin America treaty and the facultative department before moving to the global specialty team. She relocated to Bermuda three years ago to focus on Bermuda, US and Latin America property retro clients. Why did you choose to go into the reinsurance industry? My first glimpse of reinsurance was a work experience placement at Benfield during my school years. I was impressed by the diversity of people, skills and disciplines of the industry and was attracted to the global opportunities that a multinational company/industry can offer. The Aon graduate scheme rotates individuals between departments, which was a great way to gain experience and meet people across the company before committing to a team. Do you think the industry is attractive to young professionals? There is a greater level of accessibility and understanding about the industry here in Bermuda which enhances its appeal and dispels the misconception of insurance being dull. The variety of roles from actuaries and brokers to loss adjustors, naturally suit a wide range of skillsets and personalities. Most roles entail a mix of technical knowledge, relationship building and travel, which I think would be appealing to most. Do you think the reinsurance industry offers good opportunities and career development to young professionals?


Bermuda Rising Stars
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