Press article: Voice of the Future: Sian Meadows
13 February 2014
Sian Meadows, offshore deputy underwriter, has been interviewed for an article written by Post Magazine about talented newcomers and what attracted them to insurance.
How long have you been in the industry and what work experience did you have before?
I have worked in insurance for just under three years. Previously I studied at Queen Mary, University of London, and obtained a first-class honours degree in law. During my studies I gained experience in the legal market by shadowing barristers, working at solicitors’ firms and assisting at a free legal advice clinic.
What was your view of the industry before you joined?
My view of insurance was limited, as I don’t recall any firms being represented at career fairs or in student magazines. However, I would probably have accused the industry of being dull. Now I find it hard to believe the industry does not market itself more effectively to undergraduates, as it has so much to offer.
What is your view of the industry now? And what has changed your views?
Insurance is incredibly diverse, and experience in one sector creates opportunities in many others. I currently work in the offshore sector and have been impressed by the calibre of people I work alongside, learn from and meet. I learn new things every day, and I am more than satisfied by the way my job keeps me motivated and challenged. Insurance is both intellectually stimulating and exceptionally sociable.
What education/qualifications/training have you received since joining the industry?
I’ve been working through the protection & indemnity qualification. Once I’ve completed that I intend to work towards the Chartered Insurance Institute advanced diploma in insurance.
How important do you think qualifications are, and has your employer encouraged you to take them?
Learning on the job has its value, but the P&IQ has put my day job into context. In three years, I have learnt things about the industry that would otherwise have taken me decades. The P&IQ is set by people who know the business inside out and are willing to pass on their knowledge. The benefit of this should not be underestimated. My direct employer and senior management strongly encourage participation in the available qualifications.
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