What do you do?
I work as an Insurance Underwriter in London. My career started straight from college at the age of 18, when I got a job as a Broking Technician. I then moved company and over to the Underwriting side as an Underwriting Assistant and worked my way up!
Why did you decide to embark on your chosen career?
I completed three weeks work experience when I was 16 at an Insurance company in London, and instantly fell in love with the whole City lifestyle. I didn’t want to go back to school!! My older Sister works as an Insurance broker, so seeing her career evolve tempted me into the industry too, and as soon as I finished college I began applying for jobs.
The Insurance industry is known for being social. That’s a huge perk of my job and was another selling point for me!
“The Insurance industry is known for being social. That’s a huge perk of my job and was another selling point for me!”
Please describe your average day
I wake up at 7 am and drink coffee in bed before getting the train into London from Essex. I check my emails on the train so that I have a sense of what is most urgent before getting into the office at 9 am.
I receive a large number submissions in from brokers every day, each with a deadline, so I keep a list on my desk to stay organised. I begin looking at each client and after review and discussion I send the formal quotation back to the broker. I basically insure the board of directors of a company, and the clients can range from small start ups to some of the biggest companies in the world!
Each day is different though, I could be at a client meeting one day and entertaining brokers at Wireless Festival the next!
I usually leave the office around 5:30 pm, and either head home or there is almost always something going on in the City, so my team and I will go there after work.
My working wardrobe is 90% black, white and grey. I would describe my workwear style as classic elegance with a fashionable edge. I’m quite traditional in the sense I still adore the silk blouse and pencil skirt combination, but I also like to play with seasonal trends and incorporate them into my outfits without being too obvious.
Where do you shop for your workwear clothes?
My favourite workwear shops are Reiss, French Connection, Hobbs, ASOS and Mango.
What do you love the most about your city?
The history. SO much history!
What is your favourite place to go in your city?
My favourite place in London is the Natural History Museum. I could spend the entire day there, it brings back so many memories from when I was a little girl and I’m a little geek at heart!
What do you wish was better about your city?
I wish traffic didn’t exist in London!
Is there anything about the culture/city that makes things hard for working women?
The corporate culture for women has evolved dramatically from what it was like years ago. Can you believe women were banned from wearing trousers in Lloyds of London until as late as the 1980’s?! Crazy! Although things are completely different these days, it still baffles me how we’re in 2016 and there are still issues ongoing such as the gender pay gap.
What are your hopes for the future?
To continue learning, I’m constantly learning. I hope to continue progressing with my career in Underwriting, as well as building my brand in the blogging world. My workwear fashion and lifestyle blog, She Goes Wear (www.shegoeswear.com), aims to inspire and motivate other working women in business, and I hope to continue with this journey and see where it takes me!