PIAM Promoting Talent Development In The General Insurance Industry
The General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM) in taking the cue for the need for a more skilled workforce to support the demand in the insurance industry towards liberalisation and de-tariff, is undertaking several measures in understanding the needs of its member companies. It is apparent that there is a need for the insurance industry to focus on attracting talent, as only by attracting the right talent will the industry is able to meet global challenges.
Young Managers Get Inspired
PIAM, through its Young Manager’s Think Tank (YMTT), recently organised a breakfast talk with the theme “Passion For Success” – the talk was attended by 60 young managers from the general insurance industry. This is an annual event and the Think Tank invited Teach For Malaysia Cofounder and Managing Director Dzameer Dzulkifli to speak at the breakfast talk held in Kuala Lumpur recently. Established in 2010, Teach For Malaysia is an independent, non-profit organization, which aims to end education inequity in Malaysia. “Being aware of the importance of talent development in the insurance industry, PIAM continues to proactively organise initiatives to enrich the industry’s talent, particularly among young managers. We believe the sharing of experiences and knowledge from young leaders, regardless of industry, adds value to this development process. My sincere thanks go to En. Dzameer for taking the time to share his insights with us,” said PIAM Education/HRD Sub-committee Convener, Dr. Michael Heng Kiah Ngan. During the session, Dzameer engaged the young managers by sharing his personal experiences since his childhood, which he believed contributed to his success as a young leader at Teach For Malaysia. He also emphasised an important tip by relating to the core values of Teach For Malaysia, namely the sense of responsibility, excellence, collaboration and integration. “It is important to come back to one’s values, vision and mission when working in large teams, making difficult decisions or choosing a critical path,” he explained. Past breakfast talk speakers included Tune Talk CEO Jason Lo and SocialGrooves.com founder Christopher Tock. Other initiatives carried out by the YMTT committee included the Young Managers’ Forum, corporate social responsibility projects, publication of an e-newsletter (Talenz), as well as participating as Young Ambassadors for the industry at career fairs. Formed under the auspices of the PIAM Education/Human Resource Development Sub-committee, the YMTT aims to promote the sharing of ideas and networking among young managers within the insurance industry. In this regard, the Education/HRD Sub-committee had through the YMTT engaged in initiatives focused on talent management in the general insurance industry. The sub-committee is also in the process of initiating several action plans on rebranding of the insurance industry, including reviewing collaterals on career opportunities in the insurance industry and collaborating with institutions of higher learning that have insurance as a major discipline to promote careers in insurance.
Dzameer relating his experience with the Young Managers.