34 December 2015 Bermuda Re/insurance Do you think the reinsurance industry offers good opportunities and career development to young professionals? With so many companies in Bermuda, there are many opportunities for young professionals to build a career in the industry. With the presence of the Bermuda Insurance Institute, young professionals have the opportunity to get started on their own development which will also help in building their career. What are your aspirations for the future? With all the resources available, I want to keep learning and developing my career. I’ve only been in the industry for one year and have already learned so much. Seeing where I am today is very encouraging and I can only hope to keep progressing. If you’d chosen a different profession/career path, what would it have been? I always had an interest in the weather and how meteorologists were able to predict it. I probably would have been a meteorologist. BERMUDA’S RISING STARS Andrew Mendonca Job title: Reinsurance accountant Company: Hamilton Re Career path Andrew Mendonca joined Hamilton Re in May 2014 as reinsurance accountant. Prior to joining Hamilton Re, he was audit senior, insurance in the Bermuda offices of KPMG, where he provided external audit services to reinsurance clients ranging from US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registrants to captives. Mendonca joined KPMG in 2010 as a member of the firm’s graduate programme, holding the position of staff accountant in the investment & banking department for two years. He began his career in financial services as a summer intern at HSBC Bermuda, where he was selected as a participant in the Recruit Extraordinary People programme. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Why did you choose to go into the reinsurance industry? The reinsurance industry in Bermuda presents a unique opportunity for young Bermudians to build a successful career. I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and pursue a career in the finance section of reinsurance once I received my Chartered Accountant designation. Do you think the industry is attractive to young professionals? It is attractive to young professionals as it is an exciting career opportunity with the ability to progress and grow. With so many start-up companies being formed, I think the industry is even more attractive to young professionals.
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