Insurance has had the reputation traditionally of being a blokey, male-dominated industry.
This has changed considerably over the past decade or so with current estimates being that close to or over 50% of the industry are now women. YIPs as an organisation reflects this better than most, with many of our branch presidents and approximately half our members being female (as at October 2015).
YIPs operates a women working in insurance sub-group within our main YIPs LinkedIN Group which you can join by clicking here. Although it is operated by YIPs, all women working in the Australasian insurance industry are welcome to participate in this sub-group which includes a discussion board which we encourage you to do by posting and commenting on articles and discussion threads, and also with relevant events of interest.
The sub-group also has a jobs board and we encourage employers and recruiters to post relevant jobs on there including roles which may suit women who have family and child care needs.
There are also specific insurance industry organisations throughout New Zealand and Australia, which run educational and networking events aimed at women working in the insurance industry. Many of these are state or region-based. As an Australasian organisation, YIPs have therefore tried to avoid re-inventing the wheel in terms of events run by these organisations but instead, point our members to some of the current offerings and resources available online:
- Women In Insurance (WII) - Victorian branch
- Women In Insurance (WII) - NSW branch
- Women In Insurance (WII) - Queensland branch
ANZIIF has also created a Women’s Council which “will promote engagement and the exchange of knowledge and expertise between women across the industry in pursuit of professional excellence and a strong, healthy business environment”. Details of the ANZIIF Women’s Council can be found here.
Please email us any further industry groups or organisations which are relevant to women working in insurance (including any RSS feeds published by those organisation), or post directly into the LinkedIn sub-group.