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Keys to success for new underwriters. Education and developing relationships are key tools in an underwriter’s arsenal. (Photo: Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock.com)

Getting into the world of underwriting can be daunting for anyone at the beginning of their career. It’s a tough road that requires a great deal of due diligence, patience and hard work. After seven years in the business, I have a perspective on how you set yourself up for success.

I began as a licensed sales producer at Allstate and then moved to a wholesale brokerage, which is essentially a middleman between a retailer and an insurance company. There, as a managing general agent with underwriting authority, I was able to do an array of work related to my current duties. This is where I developed my underwriting skills. Now I work with Argo Group as a lawyers professional liability (LPL) underwriter.

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