10 Commandments for Young Professionals

Young professionals in insurance need to find the right mentor, make the right friends, network with the right people and...well, read the list.

  1. Thou shalt start working on CPCU right away, and join the society.
  2. Thou shalt network often both in the company and in the industry.
  3. Thou shalt seek at least one mentor.
  4. Thou shalt never think of thyself as an hourly employee; for young professionals, that is merely a temporary condition.
  5. Thou shalt honor traditions while always challenging the status quo.
  6. Thou shalt make friends in IT and claims and with the admins of the leaders you admire.
  7. Thou shalt always keep an up-to-date LinkedIn profile.
  8. Thou shalt read the Insurance Journal, PC360, National Underwriter, Insurance Thought Leadership and a trade journal for your corner of the industry.
  9. Thou shalt never bad mouth insurance in public.
  10. Thou shalt encourage other talented people to join our industry.
  11. A bonus one: Thou shalt follow Tony Canas on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn!

Special thanks to Carly Burnham, CPCU, Avolyn FisherTaylor ReedAndrew Holland, CPCU and Andrew Cross, who helped edit this list.


Tony Canas

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Tony Canas

Tony Canas is a young insurance nerd, blogger and speaker. Canas has been very involved in the industry's effort to recruit and retain Millennials and has hosted his session, "Recruiting and Retaining Millennials," at both the 2014 CPCU Society Leadership Conference in Phoenix and the 2014 Annual Meeting in Anaheim.


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