“Act2” – A Creative Solution to our Talent Crisis

We spend a lot of time talking about the upcoming demographic and talent crisis affecting our insurance industry and it’s great to start seeing efforts to attract fresh talent. This week we were happily surprised by Metlife who showed us that being 147 years old is no excuse to stop innovating. The New York based, billion dollar insurer is advertising a very interesting program they call Act2.

Act2 jobs are ten-week paid internships specifically meant to help mid-career professionals re-enter the workforce. Instead of ignoring those who have been out of the workforce for a while Metlife is only offering these internships to those who have been out of the workforce for at least two years whether they’re struggling through long-term unemployment, returning back from being a stay-at-home parent, or from an extended trip around the world, the program is a perfect match to get these mid-career professionals back into work. Even better, the positions are not just a PR move, but are actual openings in the company and thus can lead to a full-time position if the intern performs well!

Act2, MetLife’s ten‐week, paid internship program to help experienced professionals re‐enter the workforce after an extended break (two years or more).At MetLife we know our success depends on attracting, developing and retaining a diverse mix of people who can bring different perspectives and life experiences to help us innovate for our customers and drive our business forward. This is an opportunity to reignite your professional career in a diverse, supportive and exciting environment.

All roles offered through Act2 are existing vacancies at MetLife, so you may have the opportunity to permanently join the team upon successful completion of the program. Reentering the workforce after an extended period of time can be daunting, but we believe in succeeding together and you will be surrounded by a network of leaders, mentors and colleagues to support your progress.

This is an awesome creative way to kill two birds with one stone: bring new talent into the industry and help get the problem of long-term unemployment under control. We send a hearty congratulations to Metlife and encourage other carriers to follow their lead!

About Antonio Canas

Tony started in insurance in 2009 and immediately became a designation addict and shortly thereafter a proud insurance nerd. He has worked in claims, underwriting, finance and sales management, at 4 carriers, 6 cities and 5 states. Tony is passionate about insurance, technology and especially helping the insurance industry figure out how to retain and engage the younger generation of insurance professionals. Tony is a co-founder of InsNerds.com and a passionate speaker.

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