Make the shift: Former actuary to agent of life

| 02 Sep 2021

Financial planning is not just about the dollars and cents. At Great Eastern, we have a team of professional, knowledgeable advisers who serve our clients with a heart.

In this series, we hear from our agents of life who have joined us from different industries, share insights on how their skills have helped them learn new tricks and how they are contributing to their client’s lives in a valuable way.

Here is the story of Christine Wong who has made the shift from being an actuary.

  1.  What motivated you to make the shift?

“I have been with Great Eastern for 19 years. I first joined as an actuary and did that for five years. In my previous role, I observed that consumers do not know enough about insurance and there is much misconception about insurance in general.

This triggered my desire to be the “bridge” to help educate consumers on insurance and financial planning. I also knew several Great Eastern financial representatives who genuinely wanted to educate and help their clients. I decided to switch to be an agent as I felt inspired by them and believe that I can help to educate people about insurance.”

  1. How has your past vocation helped you in your current career with Great Eastern?

“Though my previous job dealt more with numbers than people, this turned out to be my strength. As I worked on my people skills, I found that my customers trust me more because I am good with numbers and can explain the financial plans very clearly to show them the benefits.”

  1. Why be an agent of life at Great Eastern?

“Great Eastern has proved itself to be a company that upholds integrity and has a heart for its clients and employees. This is important to me and I know that I can grow my career at Great Eastern.”

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