An unlikely degree choice got me my dream job


MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: Why is it important for women to take risks in business? is written byLori Bailey, global head of special lines at Zurich Insurance.

Insurance, by its very nature, is about taking risk. Those who work in the industry know that taking risk is a fundamental part of the job and crucial to success. We often think of this concept in terms of customers, accounts, and investments, but seldom do we think of it in terms of managing our own careers. For women, this may be the greatest risk of all.

Several years ago, I took a risk when I decided to obtain mymaster’s degree in Spanish — a degree which, on the surface, had nothing to do with my career in insurance. Although I…

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