What to Expect
Group work is a big part of any insurance and risk management student's
It's also a challenging part, says Allison Stade. "You really have to pull
out all the notes from kindergarten and learn to work well with others,"
"Not only is it important that you finish your group work successfully,
you must also come out of the project and have people who want to work with
you again. In the future, these people could be your colleagues or employers.
My advice is to work hard and keep a positive attitude."
Dawn Granata has a bachelor of science in finance and insurance from the
University of Illinois. When she was a student, she took about 15 hours
of classes each semester. She averaged about two to three hours of
homework each day, depending on her courses.
Granata's favorite course was risk management, because students did hands-on
work. "We were put into groups and sent out to do risk management audits
of companies," she says.
"My group audited a local restaurant, and we learned an incredible amount
about what people do and don't know about insurance and loss control. So did
the restaurant," Granata says.
"You see all of these pictures in your textbooks about this type of risk,
or that type of hazard, but it really drives it home when you see it first-hand
in a local establishment. That was a great experience."
How to Prepare
You have to do well in high school, but that's not the end of your preparation. Joining
student organizations and being active in the community are also important.
"Getting good grades is only one part of the learning experience," says
Stade. "Most university students can get good grades. It is your other experiences
that can set you apart from the rest."
"I would recommend that students take an introduction to business class
if their school offers one, just so they know what business is all about,"
"Also, it would be helpful to join the Future Business Leaders of America,
or some organization like it."