NIBA has rounded up eight of Australia’s brightest broking talents to spearhead a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of the value of the QPIB designation to new entrants to the industry.
The eight brokers are all aged 26 and under and represent all of NIBA’s five regions – NSW/ACT; SA/NT; QLD; WA and VIC/TAS.
Despite being far-flung from each geographically, all eight have in common their QPIB status – and their belief in the importance of broker education as a means to get ahead in your career.
One of the eight, 26-year-old Adam Ware, works for BJS Insurance Brokers in the Victorian seaside town of Wonthaggi. He recommends that all young brokers seriously consider completing their diploma studies as early in their careers as possible.
“Once you have completed the qualification you will have it forever,” he says.
“You wouldn’t like to find yourself in a scenario where a higher position may suddenly become available at your brokerage that requires a minimum qualification that you haven’t yet completed, despite having the opportunity to do so.
“In the workplace you never know what is around the corner so my advice would be to have yourself ready for where you want to be, rather than settling for where you currently stand.”
Madeline Barra, aged 24, from North Queensland Insurance Brokers in Townsville, concurs.
“I think that particularly for young people it is good to obtain skills and qualifications early in your career, before you find other life commitments are bestowed on you,” she says.
“It is also best to arm yourself with skills necessary to succeed early in your career. In doing so the chances of quickly progressing your career are increased. As I am young, I’m limited by my experience, so I rely on broker education it to fill the experience gap.”
Over in WA, 22-year-old Casey Fenton has recently acquired her QPIB status, but she is already seeing the benefits.
“I only attained QPIB relatively recently, but am looking forward to finding out the opportunities it brings,” she says.
“But if nothing else, it’s helped raise my profile and given me national exposure by appearing in this NIBA ad campaign, and that’s a great start! Anything you can do as a young broker to get your name out there and help raise your profile is always going to be of benefit.”
As part of the campaign, the young QPIBS have shared their stories about why broker education matters to them and what doors QPIB has opened.
You can read them all online at www.niba.com.au/youngqpib
You can also look out for them in a series of promotional advertisements in NIBA Gazette and Insurance & Risk Professional magazine over the coming months.