Posted By Braden$2 on 26 Jun 2011 08:46 PM
From you old timers out there, I want a valued opinion on if any of these certifications pay off like, AIC, SCLA, CPCU, etc?
I was wondering if any of those would advance my career?
To give you a little about my background.
I have 10yrs in the insurance industry.
Started right out of high school right into an adjuster position with a small regional carrier. I was a multi line adjuster. I adjusted homes, cars, you name it. I did that for 4 years then got on with a large carrier for 2 years and was strictly outside property. Then I decided I wanted to get an education and went to college and got a 4 year BA degree. In that time while in college I was afforded an opportunity to work as an IA working 2 huge CAT's while juggling my classes at the same time. After college I got on in an SIU unit for a large carrier and here I am today. To some it up in a nut shell that is my history in insurance.
Do you think any of these certifications would benefit me at this point?
In regard to the term "benefit", I would ask you," do you plan to stay with the carrier you are currently working in the SIU for ? If the answer is yes, then unless you are seeking a raise I would say NO. (Also, asking for a raise at this time from any carrier is probably NOT the best idea at this time:-) IMHO)
If you are considering coming over to the IA side(I would highly caution you to NOT do that) I am not sure that the AIC or CPCU is really the best choice in relation to working as an IA doing CAT work. I would go further and say that the AIC and CPCU, SCLA would only really benefit you if you were looking to work daily claims or in a SIU.But it seems that you are already in that position with your current employer.
Braden, I must give you props for working two CAT's while carrying a full class load !!! That is something I could NOT do. I was in my 3rd year of Law school when I became an apprentice during hurricane during Jeanne. I couldn't handle the load (even with being allowed to study remotely ) and that was just one CAT. I dropped out (for clarity, I had just finished my 2nd year and hadn't yet started my 3rd year)and luckily have had a great career in the adjusting industry that seems to get better every year.
I want to ask you a question! Are you considering becoming an IA based upon the dollars you made from working the two CAT's whilst you were still in school? If you are, understand that CAT work is literally feast or famine. I would stay in the SIU if I were you.
Regardless what decision you make, I am sure it will be the right one for you and your family.
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