Employees Volunteer for ‘Career Day’ at Pfeiffer-Burleigh School

Employees Crystal Walters, Jack Gorman and Matthew Moon teach Pfeiffer-Burleigh students about Personal Lines opportunities.

Mar. 7, 2012 - Studies show there are shrinking numbers of students who are interested in math and technology careers. In response, ERIE held a Career Day on Feb. 24 at its adopted school, Pfeiffer-Burleigh.

Employees from seven divisions — Human Resources, Actuarial, Commercial Lines, Personal Lines, Claims, Law and Information Technology — spent the day promoting different career choices and encouraging students’ potential.

Employees Peg Proba, Barbara Egg and Tanisha Morgan show Pfeiffer-Burleigh students what Commercial Lines is all about.

“All the Employees at the Career Day emphasized the importance of lifelong learning as a means for the students to be successful in their futures,” explains Chandrika Crockett, product configuration specialist, Commercial Lines, who served as event coordinator.

Employees from the various divisions set up individual tables in Pfeiffer-Burleigh’s library. Groups of 5 to 10 students rotated from table to table to learn about the different career opportunities. The students also had the opportunity to ask questions. And ask they did.

“I was impressed at how much the kids already knew about the insurance industry by the intelligent questions they had,” says Matthew Moon, product configuration specialist, Personal Lines.

Nicholas Schneider, actuarial analyst, agrees and adds, “I think the students gained awareness of careers they may not have otherwise known existed. I was happy to share my passion for actuarial science and mathematics, and tried to do it in a fun way.”

An annual Career Day will be part of ERIE and Pfeiffer Burleigh’s overall strategy for engaging students in a commitment to lifelong learning and a successful future.