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Gen Z workers around a table. The insurance sector employment picture is extremely favorable for Gen Z workers with potential retirements of existing professionals already representing 25% of the workforce. (Photo: Rawpixel/Shutterstock)

One of the benefits of teaching at a university involves interactions with students and providing them with insights into a personally rewarding profession. After class, I had a student visit me seeking some career guidance. This young man was a finance major, expecting to graduate from Mercyhurst University the following spring. He grew up in western Pennsylvania and had been personally impacted by the recession of 2008. He was looking for a stable industry to begin his working career and wanted to learn more about insurance.

I met with him a few times that semester while he was in my upper-level class so he could learn more about risk management and insurance, and I could find out what goals, aspirations and motivations were driving him. He later volunteered to serve as an officer in a new business club for insurance. I got to know him well and determined he would be a great fit for a claims team at an insurance carrier.

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