This Industry Could Be Your Next Career Move After The Military, Regardless Of Rank

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Insurance. Can’t live without it. And there are so many different kinds of insurance out there:  car, health, home, disability, workers compensation, boat, trip. The list goes on and on.

Basically, if something has value and can be lost, stolen, or damaged, there is likely a form of insurance coverage on it. And this is just for our personal lives. If you are in business, that list of insurance coverages becomes very complex. Also, the insurance industry, like many others, has a deep reliance on effective IT systems. Front-end development, integration, infrastructure, project management and cyber security are critical when dealing with financial data, payments, and sensitive personal information.  

Insurance has a lot of parallels to what many already do in the military or have done for those of us already out. Have you ever been in a situation where you had to analyze data that you received from two or more parties, crunch those numbers or interpret credibility in order to report back to a higher authority on how to best proceed with the mission? Another example is performing an inspection. Have you ever had to show up to a command; evaluate that command’s performance, taking into account its mission, safety, training, material readiness, administrative records; interview individual members of the command; interact with the leaders; and then give an overall assessment of what you saw? If these descriptions fit your military or current civilian employment experience, then you likely have the core competencies to be a claims adjuster or underwriter

MetLife, one of the world’s largest insurance firms, is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs. They have several attractive roles available nationwide.

Claims adjustors will often need a bachelor’s degree for consideration, but there are some of these roles that do not require the sheepskin (they list the four-year degree as preferred, or merely require a high school diploma with equivalent experience). Fields of focus for claims adjustors are automotive claims, short and long-term disability, and individual disability insurance. There are others, but they all follow the same basic principles: critical thinking, problem-solving, vetting sources of information, and making a well-written recommendation for company action.

Click here to see and apply for claims roles at MetLife »

Underwriters have nearly identical degree and background requirements, and work investigating risk factors for a certain type of insurance coverage. Basically, they assess or inspect an individual’s or an organization’s ability to operate or do business in a safe and effective manner (reducing risk), and how that capability measures against the business cost of insuring against any damages that may arise out of this person or organization not doing things correctly (increasing risk). Veterans who have experience inspecting, assessing, and presenting to individuals and groups of all sizes will have the core competencies to perform very well in these roles. This covers a huge amount of military skill areas, education levels, and ranks.

Click here to see and apply for underwriter roles at MetLife »

When talking about IT at MetLife, their global technology and operations group is a diverse team of engineers, developers, business analysts, and project managers with the freedom to create innovative solutions to address core business challenges within MetLife. Nearly all of these roles are located in Cary, North Carolina, and have varying levels of experience and degree requirements. Military IT backgrounds in development/design, infrastructure, integration and security are all available.

Click here to see the roles in IT at MetLife »

These opportunities are extremely important to the U.S. economy. Insurance fraud, preventable accidents and IT security issues can harm many individuals and businesses every day. Working for MetLife can be extremely rewarding to veterans who want their civilian jobs to give them that feeling of service that pulls at us all who have worn the uniform — it is a mission that truly matters out in the corporate world, or as MetLife phrases it, “Making Life Matter.” Helping prevent accidents both major and minor, and keeping people’s claims fair and legal has an equally great and positive effect on individuals, families, and companies.

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