The Insurance Apprentice - Meet the finalists

Jake Pennacchini
Underwriter
MUA Insurance Acceptances

Did you choose a career in insurance or did you fall into the industry like so many others? Briefly share your story.
I had the best of both worlds having been nudged in the direction by my father whilst in school when I was convinced by him to take up vacation work in the industry, but ultimately, I ended up choosing a career in the industry while I was studying as I saw how one can use a law degree in order to elevate themselves within the insurance industry.
Why did you choose to enter The Insurance Apprentice?
I joined The Insurance Apprentice for several reasons. First, in the hopes of winning and going to Lloyd’s of London as this will be a phenomenal experience but also to meet and interact with industry leaders and learn from their experiences, to allow myself to gain additional skills to become better at what I do.
In your mind, what qualities should an ambassador of The Insurance Apprentice have?
An ambassador of The Insurance Apprentice should be enthusiastic, empathetic, likable and intellectual.
Who has been the biggest influencer on your career and why?
Not that he knows it but the biggest influencer in my career has been Warwick Scott-Rodger as he showed how a law degree can be used in order to elevate yourself within the insurance industry.
In a tweet of 140 characters explain why insurance ROCKS!!!
Insurance ROCKS because we fix what’s broken and replace what’s lost. Insurance is all about helping others. #WeCare #TIA2019
What would be your dream Apprentice task and why?
In the modern day where we see major companies having their data compromised, I would love to do a task in which we are to formulate a Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) policy for an insurer/underwriter as we have a duty to ensure that our clients are comfortable that their personal information will not be compromised.
What song would you choose for your Insurance Apprentice victory dance and why?
I would choose Havana by Camila Cabello. It might seem like an odd choice but due to it being played constantly on the radio at work it has become a big joke at my offices that it is “my song”.
A message to all the TIA sponsors?
A big thank you to all of the TIA sponsors for embracing a competition that allows us to showcase the talent of the younger generation within the industry and allow us to further develop our skills. One cannot put into words what you are doing for the next generation of people inside the industry.
How important is winning for you?
Winning The Insurance Apprentice would be life changing for me, both in the professional capacity as well as my personal capacity. I am extremely proud to have made it this far and nothing would make me prouder than winning.
Advice to yourself about what you should remember and focus on as you are going into the competition.
Take the competition day by day. Absorb all the knowledge you can and embrace the opportunity you’ve been given. Keep your eye on the prize and stay focused on what matters in the competition.