Employee Spotlight at Gallagher
Suzie Aungier is our Operations Manager for the Financial Services team for Gallagher in Ireland. We spoke to Suzie and asked her some questions about her job and what it’s like to work for Gallagher. She shares some great advice and gives us an insight into how she started her career in Financial Services.
What do you love most about your job?
The people I work with and the constant learning and developing as I progress my career. Having really nice colleagues makes all the difference when you spend so much time together. The financial services industry is both complex and very interesting and is constantly evolving and changing and there are always new learnings. I also love the courses I have taken part in which help further my learning and development.
What have been some of the most important lessons you have learned throughout your career?
Always take advice from someone who has a lot more time spent in the industry than you do. We can all be qualified in our particular areas of expertise but having someone else share their experience can help with perspective on a lot of things.
What tips or advice would you give someone starting a new job?
Be patient, listen to and take on board any advice that is being offered to you. Take your time and ask as many questions as you need. I always say to any new team members to let me know if they have a better way of doing things – just because we do something a certain way doesn’t always mean it is the best way – to bring their experience with them and for us to learn from them as much as for them to learn from us!
Describe in one word what it’s like to be part of the Gallagher team?
How did you start your career in Financial Services?
I originally started my career in banking. I had been made redundant from a bank that were relocating and I saw a role advertised for a Pipeline Manager position within a Financial Services division of a bank and applied for it. Whilst I had no experience in Life & Pensions at that time, I quickly grasped the role and found the work very interesting. It was there that I applied for my first QFA exam and the rest as they say is history!