As a member of LinkedIn who participates in 44 of the insurance industry forums on a regular basis, I commented last month about a question posed by an agent who was contemplating a career change at this time, in this economy.

The agent was considering transitioning from the sales side of insurance to claims, and he was looking for advice as to how to best proceed. The number of responses he received could be taken as somewhat surprising to him, based upon his comments. In fact, the majority of respondents advised him to stay in his current field until there is a significant rebound in the economy, and in our business.

As a claim professional with 28 years of experience in the commercial auto lines, I advised him of my observations as they relate to the industry, sharing information I have gathered over the last few months, having been unemployed since March 2009.

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