Allstate Megastar: Waqar Bhat

Allstate Megastar: Waqar Bhat.

Senior Associate - Operations, ASPL India

The serene laps of the Kashmir valley nestled my childhood, where swimming in the beautiful lakes and ice-skating symbolized the change of seasons.

My life in the valley revolved around cricket and sneaking out with friends to visit Gulmarg for mountain hiking. Coming from a family of academicians, I am the youngest and most pampered.

Even though I was leading a content life in a slow-paced town in the valley, deep inside I was restless. Every time someone mentioned a big city, I sensed an urge of exploration within me.

It was this longing that nudged me to move to Pune in 2009 to pursue my graduation, where I came face-to-face with the nerve-racking pace of growing cities.

I earned my Bachelor's degree and joined a US-based global insurance brokerage and risk management services firm in 2015 where I worked as an analyst in the underwriting department. I had heard about Allstate and had developed a hunch that this was the place for me. I went on to pursue an MBA degree in Finance, which gave me the confidence to pursue my career ambition and in August 2018, I joined Allstate's Pune based accounting team. It felt like this is the place I had always wanted to be in.

At Allstate, I work with a team that handles reconciliation for our business in the home market. I love coming to work as the office is full of energetic people engaged with high quality work. The multiple phases of my work keep me busy and the sense I get is that my work inputs not just into our presence in India but also the teams in the home office. The constant support of my team and the guidance of seasoned professionals in the company allows me to try out new things and learn on the job. Furthermore, Allstate has a dedicated domain learning program to enhance insurance business knowledge. This has helped me gain a more deeper understanding of our business. I can proudly say that Allstate is not just a great place to work but also the company that has a place for me.

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