The Insurance Apprentice – Meet the finalists

Ditebogo Mokgalabone 
A&H Corporate Underwriter and Operations
Chubb Insurance

Did you choose a career in insurance or did you fall into the industry like so many others? Briefly share your story.
Insurance definitely chose me. I completed university in 2008 with an aim to continue my studies toward a qualification and career specialising in Training and Development. I was introduced to the insurance industry while working for a non-profit organisation in education, but insurance captured my interest.
Why did you choose to enter The Insurance Apprentice?
I decided to enter The Insurance Apprentice because I really believe in the ethos that The Insurance Apprentice stands for; that of building talent within the insurance industry. I am of the view that since I put in my application my persona has changed for the better because I have realised that in sharing the apprentice ethos, I am the only one that can change the narrative of my life whilst inspiring others.
In your mind, what qualities should an ambassador of The Insurance Apprentice have?
• Integrity; • Accountability; • Empathy; • Curiosity; and • A willingness to make sacrifices for the greater good.
Who has been the biggest influencer on your career and why?
I have been the biggest influencer on my career; I found that I needed to take charge of the narrative that I want my life and career to depict.
In a tweet of 140 characters explain why insurance ROCKS!!!
Insurance rocks because the various lines of business allude to the various opportunities available in the industry and therefore, growth is abundant.
What would be your dream Apprentice task and why?
When I reflect on the previous episodes of 2018, I really thought that episode 6, sponsored by Inseta #breakingtheglassceiling, was one that touched me because it addressed a topic close to my heart, which is the advancement of women in industry. It spoke to young people who are impressionable, about getting them to think about their future and also be inspired by those who have broken the mould. It also got them to understand that the journey to success is one of hard work. This would be my dream task because speaking to the youth and giving them guidance, coaching and developing them is something I am passionate about especially young ladies.
What song would you choose for your Insurance Apprentice victory dance and why?
I would go with Beyoncé’s song – Grown Woman. I love the song because it speaks of a young girl who now becomes a woman, that knows what she wants and goes for her dreams. The world is her oyster because she knows who she is.
A message to all the TIA sponsors?
Thank you to the sponsors, who understand the value of developing young talent in the industry and supporting ambition. This platform is a privilege for those who participate, thank you for making it all possible.
How important is winning for you?
Me putting in my application was a win for me personally; I had to overcome nerves and self-doubts. Winning the entire competition is very important because it will show my tenacity to overcome challenges and learn in the process. I really am looking forward to all the prices, particularly the study bursary from Masifunde and the trip to Lloyds of London.
Advice to yourself about what you should remember and focus on as you are going into the competition.
I need to remain calm and enjoy the process as it comes.