Role: Account Executive Development Program (AEDP)
Department: Group Underwriting
University of Guelph - Commerce
Graduation year: 2014
What is your current role at Sun Life?
I am quickly approaching the end of my first year as an AEDP participant. The program is based in group underwriting where I learn about our group benefit products and how to price it. While the majority of my time is spent in underwriting I also have the opportunity to partake in activities that are typically reserved for those on the business development side.
I get into the office in the morning and begin going through my emails and responding to advisors requests. I spend most of the day ‘doing quotes’ which essentially means assessing the risk of a particular group and pricing it appropriately. Every two weeks or so I will have a business development activity added to my calendar, this could be anything from a session to develop sales skills to a meeting with a Regional Vice President (RVP) to shadowing an Account Executive (AE) for an afternoon. I really look forward to the business development activities as they provide insight into my future at Sun Life.
Working at Sun Life
- It is amazing the resources that are available to you working for a large company. If I am ever having a problem there is a department that is able to fix it. Anything from forgetting a password (happens more often than it should) to taking a course to further my learning Sun Life is able to support me.
- I like working downtown Toronto, there is always something happening here. Often I will step outside the office and there is a farmers market or a live band. I really like being in the heart of the city.
- The people. I really like the people I work with. I laugh every day.
Advice and insights
It really is a good company. You are going to feel supported and welcomed. It is an easy transition from school as it doesn’t have a large company bureaucratic feel but still offers the perks of a large company.
- Be yourself. As much as it sounds like a generic piece of advice your grandmother would offer I believe it to be imperative to the interviewing process. Ultimately Sun Life is looking for the right fit, you want to show them who you are and what they are going to receive if they hire you.
- Know your strengths. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, do your best to learn what yours are and leverage them.
- Don’t be afraid to fail. It is better to put yourself out there and fail and learn from the experience then to wonder what if I had done more. Interviewing is nerve racking but with each successive interview it become easier.
Sun Life is a great place to achieve your career goals. But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself what our people say about the opportunities, support and rewards we offer.
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