Venette Rust

Venette Rust
  1. Why did you choose a career in insurance?

    My career in insurance actually chose me. I started shadowing my mother (also a short term insurance broker at RSAM) shortly after I finished my studies, I was offered a job as a full-time broker. Five years down the road and I am happy I stuck with it.

  2. Who has been the biggest influence on your career and why?

    Both my mother and father have been my biggest influences. My father was the one that got me into the industry teaching me valuable life and insurance lessons. To this day I still learn a lot from my mother, my mentor, whom I work with.

  3. If you could have a secret mentor to help you in The Insurance Apprentice who would you choose and why?

    André du Toit, The Big Positive Guy, would be my #1 choice. Not only does the name back my reason, he is also a life, speaking and motivational coach. Being a former MD of Hannover RE eCommerce globally, I believe he would be the perfect mentor.

  4. In a tweet of 140 characters explain why insurance ROCKS!!!

    Insurance puts the ROCK into Rockabye baby helping you sleep soundly in a world where anything can happen, suddenly. Be prepared, be insured.

  5. What would be your dream Apprentice task and why?

    My dream apprentice task would be working in a group analysing risks, and in the process, learning how the other apprentices handle situations, getting tips and tricks from them. I believe that you always have something to learn in every situation and from every person you meet.

  6. What would be your nightmare Apprentice task and why?

    A nightmare task would be being confronted with a situation/scenario/risk never dealt with before.

  7. If you could have a super power that could help you win The Insurance Apprentice what would it be and why?

    I would choose invisibility. This way I would know what the judges think and say and I would be able to work this to my advantage.

  8. What song would you chose for your Insurance Apprentice victory dance and why?

    ROAR by Katy Perry. I believe in having a LION mentality proving great strength, courage, leadership and bravery. These qualities will lead to success even when you fail.

  9. Which celebrity would you like to have dinner with to celebrate winning The Insurance Apprentice? Why?

    Internationally, I would have to say, Joyce Meyer, since her teachings have taught me many valuable life lessons that have helped me multiple times in my career. I do believe that if you can win the battle in your mind, you are 90% there.
    Locally, I would love to celebrate winning with Lizelle van der Merwe (head of the FIA) whom I look up to and have great respect for.