Cian O’Dea, President of The Insurance Institute of Limerick
Cian has been involved with the Institute since 2013 and believes it has benefitted him immensely, both professionally and personally. During Cian’s Presidency he hopes to grow member numbers and member participation in the Limerick region.
We chatted with Cian to learn more about his involvement with the Institute and we got his opinions on matters related to the Local Institutes and the insurance industry.
When and why did you decide to join the Council?
In 2013 my employer, Barry Sullivan became Deputy President of The Insurance Institute of Limerick and he encouraged me to join the Council that same year. I had attended many Institute events, including BBQs, the Annual Dinners and Charity Lunches and so I was aware of the great work undertaken by the Institute and the Council. I was conscious that joining the Council would be a wonderful opportunity to further my experience and knowledge of the industry not just locally but nationally.
What will the theme of your Presidency be?
This year, the Presidents of the Local Institutes have agreed on the theme of ‘Community’. Based on our current and unprecedented situation, it will be of the utmost importance to come together as a community once normal life resumes. In Limerick we plan to promote this sense of Community amongst our members and to try to grow our member participation both socially and educationally during the coming year.
What advice would you give to those starting their professional careers today? How do you feel your Institute can help?
When starting out it’s important to engage with your Local Institute as it can help you develop your career pathway and can provide you with all the info you need on exams and CPD opportunities. It can really help to get you to where you want to be in your career. Engaging with your Local Institute gives you access to your local insurance network, where you can find mentoring opportunities, study supports and professional development opportunities.
Why should your members get involved with their Local Council and more importantly their local insurance community?
By getting involved with Local Council and with the local insurance community members can avail of many opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. It is the best way to meet similar professionals in the industry and by being involved with your Local Council you can assist members in building personal and professional relationships.
I’ve also found that in my experience involvement ensures that you prioritise your exams and qualifications and that you’re fully aware of the importance of education to your career progression.