Tuesday 10 March 2020
Posted by: Titlesolv
In celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) this week, we would like to share the inspirational stories of our female employees.
Interview with Jasmine Afreh (Assistant Underwriter)
- Who inspired you to take up your career and why?
Throughout my law degree and journey into legal indemnity insurance, I was encouraged by my mother who gave me the support needed to overcome challenges and graduate with a First Class degree. She also motivated me when I was unsure whether I could have a successful career in underwriting and I am proud of what I have achieved so far.
- Who inspires you most days and why?
On a daily basis, I am inspired by senior management around me, many of whom are women balancing both their careers and family lives and still able to give me great advice in developing my underwriting career. I can only hope that I would be able to do the same one day and be a great role model to young women starting their careers in insurance.
- When and how did you decide on your current career? Were there any other options that you considered before your current position?
I was in my final year at university and was considering what graduate career I wanted to pursue. I knew I wanted to work in the City but many legal roles appeared to be more administrative rather than customer-oriented. A recruiter contacted me in relation to a role as a Trainee Assistant Commercial Underwriter position. At university, I had enjoyed studying Land Law and thought the role suited my interests and would help me to develop my legal and commercial experience.
- What advice would you give to someone just starting off on their career path to conveyancing?
The best advice I received in underwriting was always be prepared to make a final decision after assessing the case - don’t sit on the fence! You may not always get it right the first time, and that’s why it’s important to communicate effectively with your colleagues and ask for their opinions, but you should feel assured about the decision you come to.
- This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #EachForEqual, collectively, how can we fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements?
We can fight bias and broaden perceptions by not conforming to societal stereotypes and be the change that we wish to see in the world. I think it’s important for women in traditionally male-dominated sectors to be seen and heard as that can inspire the next generation of women to also consider similar professions.