Summer courses: Why Participate in them?
In an activity as transversal as the insurer, continuous training is essential. And the summer courses represent a great alternative to expand knowledge and specialize in the most demanded professional profiles.
For a good part of the citizens, summer is synonymous with holidays. And while it is true that the summer season invites to disconnect from the daily chores, it is not less that many students and workers take advantage of the hottest months of the year to train in the many courses programmed by the educational centers. But why are summer courses so popular? What are the reasons that motivate the interested parties to participate in them?
According to Educaweb , a portal specialized in education and training, there are at least five reasons to take part in a summer course:
- In the first place, summer courses allow updating knowledge, introducing new topics and enhancing professional skills.
- Likewise, they facilitate knowing other students, professors and experts, thus offering the possibility of increasing the network of contacts and of practicing “networking”.
- As noted experts of the insurance sector in the blog of Xenasegur, continuous training is essential in any professional activity. And summer courses contribute to that continuous learning.
- Related to this last point, the insurance industry, beyond those dedicated to the commercialization of insurance, requires more and more professionals with the most diverse profiles. And if something is characterized by summer courses is a wide range of training capable of satisfying all kinds of demands.
- And no less important: in a summer course it is possible to combine learning and leisure.
Once exposed some of the reasons that invite to participate in them, when analyzing the existing offer it can be verified that, insofar as the insurance activity is concerned, courses closely related to these new profiles to which we have referred are given and that in the blog of Xenasegur have been addressed through posts such as “Insurance sector professions: the most demanded” and “X-ray of employment in the insurance sector . ”
IT: beyond programming
According to the latest editions of the “We are Safe” report published annually by the Spanish Union of Insurance and Reinsurance Companies (Unespa) , among the professionals most required by the insurance industry are computer scientists. Undoubtedly, it is an extremely versatile profile for which there is an interesting agenda in summer that ranges from basic training to the design or programming of web pages and the different fields of computer engineering.
Either as an employee or as an external collaborator, a computer specialist is fundamental for the normal development of a company belonging to the insurance sector. Currently, talking about a computer expert is to make him a “superman” who should stand out for his ability to work as a team, knowledge of languages such as English and be up to date on matters related to their activity such as cybersecurity or protection of personal data, vital to guarantee the provision of the service or to prevent reputational risk in an insurance company or an insurance brokerage.
In the case of languages, summer has always been a propitious time to learn them both in Spain and outside of it. And with regard to cybersecurity and privacy, they have become two star specialties of the educational centers in the summer due to the risks involved in cyberspace and the entry into force of regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (RGPD)
Communication, social networks and “marketing”
Undoubtedly, the insurance industry has been a real lifesaver for one of the groups most punished by the economic crisis: that of communication. The habits of users such as “millennials” , digital natives with a “modus vivendi” clearly disruptive compared to previous generations, has led to a scenario in which, due to new consumption habits, communication has had to reinvent itself .
In this regard, summer courses make it possible to become familiar with business and corporate “blogging”. Through their blogs, insurers publicize the products they sell, publish interesting content related to their activity and, not least, create jobs, corroborating once again, as stated by Pilar González de Frutos, president from Unespa, to the Xenasegur blog, that the world of insurance is an outstanding generator of direct, indirect and induced employment.
Returning to the world of communication, and as happens with computer scientists, their professionals can not rest on their laurels, “entrench themselves” in their particular comfort zone and ignore what happens around them. In this sense, the summer courses will help them to expand their knowledge in “community management”, “marketing” and advertising to become experts in these specialties or, at least, acquire the essential notions that allow them to relate and work closely with their students. professionals to contribute positively to the positioning of your organization.
Courses to specialize in Big Data
In the insurance sector, another of the most sought after profiles is that of a specialist in Big Data , which, according to Universia , was the profession with the highest demand in 2017. This university cooperation network reminds us that different professional profiles have a place in data analysis , starting, as we have reflected in other articles of the Xenasegur blog, by mathematicians and statistics experts.
But, in addition, as has been noted in the previous sections, the insurance activity is so transversal that professionals such as computer engineers, software developers, marketing experts or those dedicated to administration and management of companies can deal with Big Data with some complementary training.
Although there is no specific career, remember from Universia, the summer courses oriented to Big Data help to obtain the necessary skills to work as a data analyst. We speak of a profile that is usually very well remunerated economically and that is especially attractive and necessary for entities such as insurers in order to optimize the use of the information collected, use it to meet business objectives or create predictive models that are ahead of the needs of the market.
Training in “compliance”
By the way: as we pointed out in the section dedicated to computer courses, the experts in data analysis – and by extension, the rest of the professionals in an insurance company – must take into account aspects such as privacy in their day to day work . In short, they must comply with regulatory compliance or “compliance” . And for that to be the case, in recent years the figure of the “Compliance Officer” has gained weight, which, in many cases, is usually an expert in Law.
And thinking about this profile, there are summer courses that help students to know what is “compliance”, when it arose, why it has become so important in the business field following the amendment of article 31 bis of the Penal Code and , finally, to know how to design and implement a “compliance” management system in accordance with the UNE 19601 standard (Criminal “compliance” management systems).
In short, whether they are face-to-face, blended or online, summer courses are in good health, continue to attract thousands of students each year and allow insurance industry professionals to increase their training to be more effective in an increasingly active activity. cross-sectional and in which the different departments of an entity are obliged to interact to achieve the intended objectives.