The development programs at Travelers offer a great way for young graduates to get a foot in the business world and make a real contribution to the company. I’m one of those young graduates, currently enrolled in the Underwriting Development Program. I started with Travelers as a temp in the Boiler & Machinery division in Hartford. I was asked to come back the following summer as an intern, and by the time graduation rolled around, it seemed natural to stay with the company and become an underwriter.
As an Account Executive in Charlotte, N.C., I use many of the skills I learned in my internship when calling on agents or discussing new business applications with fellow underwriters.
The Underwriting Development Program has been a great experience, too. There’s always something new and exciting to keep me intrigued. I’m out of the office traveling several times a month, meeting with agents and brokers and discussing new business prospects. This gives me an opportunity to meet new people and see new things. To date, I have been to a plastic injection molding plant, a manufacturer of scientific laboratory equipment and an airport hangar where they remanufacture and modify airplanes.
Through the Underwriting Development Program, I’ve been lucky to meet a large network of young professionals who are in the same situation as I am. It’s nice to be able to talk with them about problems that arise during the day. The program has also given me the opportunity to discover that I really like underwriting. I enjoy meeting and interacting with people on a daily basis. I’ve learned that underwriting is not just sitting behind a desk pushing papers all day; you need to be a people person. Interacting with agents and brokers is a crucial part of the job.
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