Years at Travelers: 1
Military Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
I accepted a position at Travelers for many reasons. Throughout the recruiting process, I found Travelers to be a professional organization that was focused on success while doing things the right way. Everybody I spoke with understood Travelers’ goals and was focused on achieving them. That clarity of purpose was important to me.
In addition, I knew I would be given an opportunity to succeed immediately based on the skills I learned in the military, specifically the ability to make timely decisions without complete information and justifying those decisions both up and down your chain of command. Travelers understood those skills and appreciated them.
Finally, there was an emphasis on achieving a balance between your work life and your personal life. While I loved the pace of the Marine Corps, I was ready to slow things down a little bit.
I currently work in National Product Development and Strategy (NPDS) within the Product Management organization of Personal Insurance. Within NPDS, we are constantly looking for new ways to incorporate previously unavailable information into our products – from how people drive, to traffic patterns and accident rates on specific roads, to new risks to homes and property. Our goal is to make insurance products easier to understand and purchase, and ensure the most accurate price for our customers.
As a part of NPDS, I enjoy working with others to overcome the new and unique issues we face each day with strong problem solving skills, creativity and even by taking some risks.
After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy and then serving more than seven years as a combat engineer officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, I was interested in finding a career that would continue to challenge me but allow me to grow as a business leader. I found this in the insurance industry, specifically at Travelers in NPDS. Like any career path for a veteran, this particular position would be a fit for some and not for others. But for those who are interested, it offers the opportunities and responsibility that most veterans seek.
While it may not seem exciting on the outside, insurance is much more interesting once you begin to explore it. It’s an industry with enormous possibilities and many fields of expertise. If you are actively seeking a position, make sure you understand what position you want and if it is a fit for you. If you’re just getting introduced to the industry, listen with an open mind to those who work in it. You may be pleasantly surprised – I certainly was.
G.I. Jobs magazine has recognized Travelers as a Top Military-Friendly Employer for its military-friendly hiring practices and benefits. Travelers has been recognized on the list every year since 2007.Read more »