The winding road to…insurance

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Sometimes the route to the insurance industry is unexpected and filled with turns. We’re just happy Sarah Hanson not only found insurance, but found MJ.

After earning a degree in photography at Columbia College in Chicago, Sarah was working in the Windy City as an agency photographer and customer service representative. However, the Lafayette, Indiana native soon decided big city costs weren’t a great match with a photographer’s salary. As parents are so good at doing, Sarah’s mom started asking friends for next-step career ideas and a friend working at MJ suggested our agency. Lucky us.

One of Sarah’s first roles was as a claim’s coordinator. While in this full-time position, she also played a pivotal role in launching MJ YOUniversity, our employee development program dedicated to personal and professional growth, as well as our partnership with trueU, a nonprofit organization aimed at inspiring a greater purpose in business. She even fit in time to volunteer at Dayspring Center in Indianapolis, which she continues to this day, and has been an integral part of our agency’s FUN Committee for the past several years. It was easy for us to see Sarah’s spark, her passion for giving back—which is why we then created a position specifically for her—Learning and Development Specialist. It’s a well-deserved promotion that will help us extend our personal and professional development program at MJ even further.

We’re often in awe of her boundless energy—maybe it’s due in part to her personal dedication to health and wellness and time spent as a Les Mills BODYATTACK instructor. What we know for certain is that Sarah truly embodies the purpose of MJ itself, as she definitely “inspires the success, fulfillment, and wellbeing of each person we serve.”

So what’s one of the main things this photographer turned insurance expert would tell a younger person thinking about entering the insurance industry? “You have potential to be in a strong profession, and there are so many different areas besides sales in insurance. There is potential for finding what really interests you and going with it. I enjoy it more than I ever would have thought.”