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The insurance industry is undergoing rapid change and disruption. For those who enjoy variety in work, there's never been a better time to consider a career in property & casualty insurance.

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Zurich apprentices attend classes two days a week at Harper College and work three days a week at Zurich's Schaumburg, Ill., headquarters, rotating through different areas. (Credit: goodluz/Shutterstock) Zurich apprentices attend classes two days a week at Harper College and work three days a week at Zurich’s Schaumburg, Ill., headquarters, rotating through different areas. (Credit: goodluz/Shutterstock)

There are countless stories of professionals who didn’t plan to work in the insurance industry but landed in it anyway. To an outsider’s perspective, it may seem like a traditional career path — and for some, it is — but there are a number of untraditional ways that lead to insurance.

One is through an apprenticeship. While it’s not part of every insurance company’s strategy, it is for Zurich North America. In connection with the U.S. Department of Labor’s annual National Apprenticeship Week, held on Nov. 11-17, 2019, Zurich North America welcomed Chicago area high school students to the Zurich National Apprenticeship Week Summit on Nov. 14. The purpose is to introduce high school students and counselors to opportunities to simultaneously launch a career in commercial insurance while earning a college degree, tuition-free.

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Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is an associate editor for NU PropertyCasualty360. Contact him at [email protected]

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