Your IT2 supplement (Career guide, 21 March) made interesting reading.

It does annoy me that insurers bang on about wanting graduates. What's so great about them? Of what relevance is a degree in a completely unrelated subject like Babylonian astrology?

I think it is about time insurers looked at people with at least some insurance experience (say, personal lines) to then train them up as commercial underwriters, surveyors or management as opposed to wanting graduates from day one; you will find that the salary expectations will not be unrealistic either, unlike the graduates.

Take myself, I have ten years' personal lines experience, have the CIP and am over half way through the ACII. I also know the market as far as salary is concerned and am still on the right side of 30. Will an insurer be interested? No, because I am not a graduate.

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