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Life Insurance Agents and Brokers
Formal requirements for the life insurance field are few.
Because more mature individuals are usually better able to master
the complexities of the business and inspire customer confidence,
most companies prefer to hire people who are at least 21 years of
age. Many starting agents are more than 30 years of age. If this
field interests you, there are a number of courses you can take in
high school to prepare yourself for college and this type of work.
Naturally, you should take English classes. These classes will help
you improve your research, writing, and possibly speaking
skills-all communication skills that you will use in this line of
work. Business classes will teach you how to interact
professionally with others and deal with customer needs. If your
high school offers economics or finance classes, take these as
well. Working with insurance means working with money and numbers,
and these classes will give you this exposure. You may also benefit
from taking sociology and psychology classes, which can give you a
greater understanding of people. Finally, take math and computer
classes. Undoubtedly you will be using computers in your
professional life, so start becoming comfortable with this tool
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