- Why did you choose a career in insurance?
The perfect answer for this would be that I am already the Apprentice, being the apprentice to my Dad who has been in this industry for over 35 years. And regardless of whether or not I win I will always be the Apprentice.
I have always wanted to be a part of a competition, and yes, I know how cliché this might sound. I loved watching The Apprentice, every episode, from Trump to Schwarzenegger and I always imagined being on the show. When I received the email from FAnews informing me of the closing date, I jumped at the opportunity, because not only is this a dream come true, but it is something made for people like me, people who are not pretty enough, not tall enough, who do not have any special talents, but it is for people who enjoy their job, who enjoy being the intellect, who enjoy working hard, the people who burn the midnight oil at their jobs and who want more out of life by working hard at work. Some of us have to always work hard for what we have, and I knew when entering that not only can I achieve the impossible of getting ahead in this competition because I can work hard, but because I have a passion for this industry and this industry is all I know and all I need to know.
- In your mind, what qualities should an ambassador of The Insurance Apprentice have?
The ambassador should possess the qualities of Kanchaal… On a serious note, I believe that the ambassador should have a passion for the insurance industry holistically. The ambassador should represent the brand to all walks of life, the ambassador should be able to put TIA above all and be able to represent the brand in their personal and professional life and should be someone who is innovative, with a marketing brain who can add to the growth of TIA and the insurance industry. The ambassador should be able to think out of the box and be able to market and represent the industry and the brand in different means to spread the importance of the industry and uphold TIA name and status. When the ambassador for TIA walks into a room, her peers should know exactly who she is and the brand that she represents.
- Did you choose a career in insurance or did you fall into the industry like so many others? Briefly share your story.
My story goes back well into my early childhood. My dad has been in the insurance industry for just over 35 years, he was also one of the first CFP’s, he was also the top producing adviser at NBS for many years in a row during which he travelled the world on conferences where he was awarded many accolades and became a motivational speaker and ambassador for the insurance industry. In 2002 my Dad opened his own, very successful independent brokerage. During my childhood and schooling years, I wavered between wanting to be a teacher, an accountant, an FBI agent and joining the family business. After completing my schooling, I studied towards a degree in Human Resource Management, after which I completed all insurance related qualifications. So, in brief, I more or less fell into this industry, and you can say that I have fallen in love with the industry for the past 10 years. It may not have been my first choice or any choice, but it is where I am and where I am happy. Definitely not love at first sight, but I am happy in this industry and the potential it has opened for me.
- How important is winning for you?
Winning TIA would be life changing for me. For my entire 10-year career, people have always told me that I have been handed everything I have, working within the family business and growing up in a stable home. But I have worked very hard to have come this far. Winning will set me apart. One of my dreams has always been to be an ambassador and a motivational speaker for this industry. Winning this competition will afford me this opportunity. I will be taken seriously not only because of the backing from the sponsors and TIA, and not only because of the title, but because of the knowledge, experience and skill I would have delivered throughout the competition. Winning TIA would be life changing for me as it will allow me to pursue many opportunities and to completely change my life. I know who I am and I am a winner.
- A message to all the TIA sponsors?
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the sponsors of TIA. Regardless of how far I make it, and whether or not I have the opportunity of meeting these sponsors, the initiative is amazing. All of these sponsors are giving individuals like us the opportunity to showcase this most amazing industry and the talent that this industry harnesses. Through these sponsors, us, the youth who have worked so hard to become a part of this industry can have our potential exposed. So, to the sponsors, THANK YOU.
- Advice to yourself about what you should remember and focus on as you are going into the competition.
As I go into this competition, I will keep in mind the reason I have chosen to enter this competition as well as the reason I want to win. I know that I need to calm down and think before I speak as well as compose myself. I am here to change my life for the better. Winning TIA will open many opportunities for me. The insurance industry is the blue blood that runs through my veins and to be a greater success in this industry I need to win and that is my motivation and my focus.