In 2014, I was extremely proud to be announced as the winner of the NIBA Young Professional of the Year Award winner for Victoria and Tasmania, and subsequently became a finalist for the national Warren Tickle Memorial Award.

This year, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to take part in the judging panel for the 2015 award, the winner of which will be announced on 29 May. It was a very interesting experience to sit on the other side of the interview table under a lot less pressure than when I did so last year!

“Given the quality of the nominations received this year, becoming a state finalist is an achievement that shouldn’t be understated.”

This gave me the chance to observe the level of professionalism and enthusiasm of other Young Professionals within the industry, and gave me a real sense of appreciation for the depth of young talent broking has to offer.

Whether they’re in the large sprawling offices of international brokerages, or out in the suburbs amongst the smaller broking houses, it is quite evident that Young Professionals are out there in all corners of the broking world working diligently to become the leaders of the future.

Given the quality of the nominations received this year, becoming a state finalist is an achievement that shouldn’t be understated. During the interview process, each candidate exhibited unique values and personalities, all of which reiterated that the broking industry is heading in a positive direction with a groundswell of motivated young professionals innovating and revolutionising once-common practices.

Opportunities such as the Warren Tickle Memorial Award are a great way to recognise the efforts of hard-working Young Professionals, and great encouragement for them to continue putting in the hard work that got them nominated in the first place.

The format of the award, with regional and national interviews and professional development days with fellow national finalists in Sydney, is one that offers significant advantages to those who take part, providing invaluable experience and an opportunity to broaden industry knowledge and profile.

In 2014, I was able to participate in two very valuable professional development (PD) workshops with the other state winners, laid on by Vero as part of their sponsorship of the award. These taught me some very valuable lessons. The opportunity to spend time with the other winners was a great chance to interact with other like-minded Young Professionals and have in-depth discussions about numerous industry-related issues and topics.

Knowing just how valuable the process of this award has been for my career, I openly endorse and encourage broking principals and other senior staff to nominate other deserving up and coming Young Professionals for this award in future.

I can tell you now that it will be hugely motivating for any YPs in your office who you nominate for the award, whether they win it or not. But the further young brokers progress, the more advantages there are for their career development and industry knowledge – and that’s great for your business. And of course, the prize for the overall winner of a trip to London to experience the international broking market is priceless.

“I openly endorse and encourage broking principals and other senior staff to nominate other deserving up and coming Young Professionals for this award in future.”

It’s a very exciting time for all the finalists in the Young Professional Broker of the Year Award across all NIBA regions. And whether they win or not, all the regional finalists – indeed all the nominees – for the award can be very proud of what they have achieved.

It’s another important step on the professional journey, and is a learning and self-awareness experience that will stay with them long into their careers.

Original Article: NIBA