I was a senior in high school when Lee Gorodetsky from L & S Insurance Agency, Mariella Gonzalez from Florida Peninsula Insurance Company, and a few other volunteers came to present and introduce the InVest program at Deerfield Beach High School. I had no interest in the insurance industry and had never even thought about a career in insurance until after InVest. I was no different than the other students in my class, I had no idea what I wanted to do after high school. It was when Mr. Gorodetsky said something I will never forget; "The insurance industry will never go anywhere, everyone needs it, whether its life, homeowners, or auto insurance, everyone will always need insurance." That is when the light bulb inside my head turned on. InVest inspired me to pursue a career in the incredible world of insurance. I no longer wanted to be a student who would settle for any job, I was excited to start my journey in the insurance industry.
I recognized an opportunity and took action. With the help of my teacher Mr. Pizzo, InVest volunteers, and their resources, I was offered an opportunity to interview at Florida Peninsula Insurance Company. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I knew I had to try. I went to my very first "real" interview with nothing more than a manila folder, my DECA Certificate and a resume I prepared in class. I got the job! Three years later, I am still working at Florida Peninsula Insurance Company and absolutely love what I do! I have learned so much in these three years. I've met great people and discovered skills and talents I never knew I had. My opportunities for growth and to give back to the InVest program did not end there.
This year, I was fortunate to be honored at the age of 21 to be asked to join the wonderful presenters of InVest of Broward County. This opportunity has allowed me to introduce high school students, just like I was a few years before, to the amazing world of marketing. The fact I was once a student and an intern played a major role in this wonderful experience. I was able to turn a topic as broad as marketing into something hands on, educational and exciting for the students with the help of InVest's resources. Our Marketing Manager and I were able to educate the students on the meaning of marketing, and also give them an opportunity to be creative and think outside of the box by requesting the participating students to develop their own "mock company" and follow a marketing process. Through this program, students are able to identify their customers, determine what products will be sold based on their customers' needs, calculate appropriate pricing for their product to ensure their company reach self-imposed goals, and decide a distribution method. The response and participation I receive from the students not only proves how great the program is, but also inspires us to make a difference in our community.
I love being able to share my experiences with students. I enjoy being able to motivate and help them understand the great opportunities and resources this program has to offer. Words cannot explain the faces and reaction I get from the students when I tell them how fortunate I have been to start working in the field that I am getting my degree in right after high school. The shocked faces from the students after I reveal my age and everything I have been able to accomplish because of InVest is priceless. I hope to continue to motivate and educate students about how amazing the insurance industry is, and how important the InVest program can be to their future. InVest is the reason why I am able to graduate college with a degree and obtain experience in the field I am passionate about. I look forward to continue to share my story and motivate students to take action and full advantage of the many opportunities InVest has to offer.
Written by Milove Frederic.
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