Teachers are in the headlines—but not for the reasons educators might want.
“Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Teachers’ Mental Health Suffers,” proclaims USA Today. “Teaching in the Pandemic: ‘This Is Not Sustainable,’” writes The New York Times. “The Pandemic Broke a Fundamental Principle of Teaching,” states The Atlantic.
Between the stresses around a rapid-fire pivot to remote teaching, returning to in-person classes and perennially low pay, it’s no wonder that nearly 1 in 4 teachers say they might quit soon.1 They’re a part of “The Great Resignation,” which is seeing an unprecedented number of Americans quitting their jobs or considering doing so, with 3.6 million resigning in May 2021 alone.2
While the idea of becoming an insurance agent might seem out of left field for people who have devoted their lives to education, many of the qualities that make people great in the classroom may also set them up for success as an Aflac insurance agent: a love of learning, an ability to communicate and dedication to helping others.
Three transferable skills from teaching
What becoming an Aflac insurance agent can mean for teachers
We can’t promise you summers off, but since Aflac agents are essentially small-business owners backed by a Fortune 500 company, you will have greater control of your time and schedule than you may have in other roles. This means you can set meetings when they make the most sense for you and your client’s schedules, and work when you are most productive rather than beholden to a school district.
Being an Aflac insurance agent can also bring more financial freedom. Aflac agents work on commission. That might seem intimidating if you’re used to a salary, but consider this: If your classroom head count increases by 12%, your paycheck stays the same. There are more papers to grade and more students to monitor, but your compensation doesn’t change. When you work on commission, you’re paid for each policy you sell, and Aflac’s renewal commissions also means that you’ll be paid for those policies annually for as long as they stay in effect.
“Education majors can be great at this,” says an Aflac trainer who has been with the company for 15 years. “They’re used to relating to all types of people; they’re used to educating and teaching.”3 If you’re ready to apply your skills to a new field with a pay ceiling determined only by your own ambition, we’re ready to teach you what you need to know.
Aflac agents are independent agents of Aflac, and are not employees of Aflac.
1 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “New survey: 1 in 4 U.S. teachers may quit.” Published 6.18.2021. Accessed 9.14.2021.
2 Gallup. “The ‘Great Resignation’ Is Really the ‘Great Discontent.’” Published 7.22.2021. Accessed 9.14.2021.
3 Aflac. “How to become an insurance agent.” Accessed 9.14.2021.
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