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Center introduces insurance industry to business students

Various insurance companies set up booths outside of the Mihaylo courtyard to teach students about the industry. JESSICA PINEDA / Daily Titan

Various insurance companies set up booths outside of the Mihaylo courtyard to teach students about the industry.
JESSICA PINEDA / Daily Titan

Cal State Fullerton students were exposed to the rapidly inflating insurance industry on Thursday at the fifth annual Insurance Day.

Organized by Weili Lu, Ph.D., director of the Center for Insurance Studies (CIS), 26 insurance companies including Anthem Blue Cross, Automobile Association of America and Travelers Insurance gathered around the perimeter of the courtyard of Steven G. Mihaylo Hall.

“We’re looking for quality people and I think we can find that at Cal State Fullerton,” said Abdelhamed Sadik, account executive for Travelers Insurance. “Fullerton is definitely a fun school for us, we have a lot of our employees come from here.”

The insurance companies also provided students with an opportunity to apply for internships and network with top industry professionals.

“We want to prepare them with the skills and let them get to know the industry,” said finance professor Xiaoying Xie, Ph.D., a member of CIS who helped organize the event.

With the current generation of employees ready to retire, insurance companies are reaching out to find the next great generation of employees, Xie said.

Executives also took time to visit numerous finance, accounting, and other business classes throughout campus.

CIS student volunteers gave away cotton candy to anyone who filled out a survey about Obamacare and raffled off prizes for the students who met with at least five of the companies present.

“People have already won gift cards for Jamba Juice and two tickets to the Indy 500,” Woaria Rashid, student volunteer, said.

I-Day, as members from CIS have grown to label it, shed light on an up and coming industry.

Sadik said insurance companies are opening doors no matter what degree graduates have, making themselves more accessible to everyone.

“Insurance is really interesting because people go to different places … and Travelers provides a place to go to become a leader in whatever field you’re interested in,” Sadik said.

I-Day has grown since the first event in 2009, and it continues to ensure its own place as a valuable resource for the industry.

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