“Developing local Bermuda talent represents a commitment to
the Bermuda community and economy.” Jeff Clements, Validus Re
Seidler explains that AXIS Academy includes a global internship
programme as well as AXIS Experts, a bimonthly online series that
invites market authorities to discuss relevant subjects, sharing their
knowledge with colleagues across the company. Another initiative,
AXIS Careers, provides both formal and informal mentoring,
providing employees with a robust toolkit while providing colleagues
across all generations with a platform to swap tips and advice, further
expanding and developing the talent pool.
Seidler says it is crucial for both AXIS and the wider industry to
recruit and nurture emerging talent, adding that people investment
is a top priority at her firm.
“We’re actively recruiting on college campuses with a goal to help
students understand the different careers within re/insurance,” she
says. “AXIS seeks digitally savvy, creative and analytical minds; such
talent can influence the way we do business early in a career and
have an immediate impact.
“We want to show students that a career in re/insurance provides
opportunities to influence the world in dramatic, purposeful
ways, ranging from protecting renewable energy innovations to
enabling space travel entrepreneurs, to rebuilding economies after
“Re/insurance can provide a global career immediately, which is
attractive to many applicants,” says Seidler.
“However, as a whole, the industry must create broader awareness
about the fundamental role of re/insurance in the economy and its
To strengthen its employee proposition and face the future, Seidler
adds, AXIS is experimenting with new ways of working, including
virtual teams that connect the right people, regardless of location,
to experiment, take risks and develop new products and solutions
“As we look to leverage new skillsets for new programmes,
it’s still combined with a strong grounding in industry knowledge
and subject matter expertise, which is one way that our subject
matter experts can greatly help our emerging talent,” Seidler
“We’re committed to helping new talent learn and appreciate
that the risk and re/insurance industry provides a career that is
meaningful and purposeful, and plugged into a globally-connected,
rapidly changing business world. This is what we have to offer.”
various ways, including a committee that contributes to dozens of
local charities, focusing on youth development, the community, arts,
education and more. Staff are also offered paid time away from the
office to volunteer in local causes.
Invest to grow
Like Validus Re, AXIS Capital takes training and recruitment
Amanda Seidler, the firm’s senior vice president and global head of
talent, says great emphasis is placed on investing in staff and helping
them grow their careers.
Seidler thinks that a career in re/insurance is a rewarding fit for a
person seeking a global and dynamic role, with the added potential
of solving very real social and economic issues. She adds that AXIS’s
leaders have become fantastic ambassadors in helping new talent
learn more about the industry, attending campus events and opendialogue
learning sessions across the company’s global locations, and
this has become a major advantage in the recruitment market.
“All of this knowledge exchange is fantastic,” Seidler says. “I am
quite excited about one of our upcoming endeavours—to create
collaborative tools and systems for our colleagues to realise continuous
growth and quality relationships across teams, learn about different
areas of expertise and network across our global offices.
“This helps us both attract and retain talent. For example, it enables
people sitting in Bermuda—or New York, London, Singapore for
that matter—to develop strong relationships across the company,
learn from colleagues across the world, and share their distinctive
perspectives. This approach also helps spread ideas and insights
further across our company, and brings diverse voices and viewpoints
into our work—all of which benefits both AXIS and our clients and
Spreading the talent net
Asked what programmes and schemes AXIS has created, Seidler says
that the company is committed to investing in people and helping
them grow their careers, and as a result it is implementing many
programmes to attract a diverse array of talent.
Through AXIS Academy, the company has launched a pilot
development programme for recent graduates new to the re/insurance
industry. Participants in the development programme rotate across
different business units over two years. The aim is that participants
will share their fresh perspectives with their colleagues, and likewise
absorb crucial information about the industry.