Insurance Agent

Insurance agents sell policies to individuals and businesses to provide protection against future losses and/or financial pressures. Agents must analyse the needs of their clients and help them plan appropriate protection.

Insurance protection may be for a motorcar, home, business or other property for protection of a family if the breadwinner dies, or for protection against hospital and medical costs. Insurance agents also help their clients to obtain claim settlements.

Areas of specialisation include:

  • Life Insurance

  • Property (fire and damage) insurance

  • Motor and liability (theft, personal, casualty and third party) insurance

In addition, they provide follow-up services to keep their clients’ insurance programmes up-to-date. They give advice on adding to or amending existing policies.

Insurance agents work indoors, usually in their own offices. Agents also travel to the offices or homes of their clients.


  • insurance companies and brokers

  • self-employed, as freelance agent or insurance broker

Getting Started

  • try to secure holiday work in an insurance company to gain sales experience

  • arrange to speak to insurance agents to find out about this type of career


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