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Sagicor's Nicholene Taylor flying high

Published:Friday | November 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMKeisha Hill
Nicholene Taylor
Nicholene Taylor
Nicholene Taylor

Perhaps you have been thinking of a career change and have been reluctant to take the first step. If you are still undecided, you can take a page from the book of Nicholene Taylor, one of Sagicor Life Jamaica's top financial advisers over the past three years.

Taylor, a graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI) with a bachelor of science degree in accounts and economics, was on a mundane path for a few years, trying to find her footing in an area where she would be comfortable.

Initially, she started as a management trainee at the ICD Group of Companies in the accounts department. However, after three years, she knew this area was defiantly not her calling and decided to refocus her career objectives.

"I wanted something else because I did not feel fulfilled. I decided to branch off into a new adventure and started doing my own business with a business partner," Taylor said. At this juncture, she began working in sales and started doing door-to-door appointments. However, she realised eventually that this was not where she wanted to do either.

"I did not start with an outlook for sales and, quite frankly, did not envision myself in sales. I saw myself as an accountant, but I began realising that this was not my true calling," Taylor said.

It was while passing the offices of Garvey Insurance Centre formerly an associate of Sagicor Life Jamaica, that she saw an advertisement requesting the services for financial advisers. Taylor went in to investigate and then made a formal application.


Committed to the task


She was so intrigued by the prospects of being a financial adviser that even after the first two years in the field, achieving what she considered lackluster performance, she remained committed to the task. "What I am doing now isn't as easy as when I started out. It was very difficult and challenging, but I persevered to where I am now," Taylor said.

At the end of her second year, Taylor said she decided that she needed to achieve her targets and changed her mode of operation. She stated that she read the book Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill and began using it as a blueprint for success.

"In my third year, I achieved my target of getting to the million- dollar round table and I have not looked back since. I have ensured that the sky is the limit, especially as it relates to my clients," she said.

Since then, she has been the Agent of the Year for the Half-Way Tree branch for three consecutive years and is also a member of the prestigious Sagicor Hi-Flyers Club. Taylor is also the reigning Jamaica Association of Insurance Financial Advisors (JAIFA) Man of the Year, an award she copped in 2015.

Odine DaCosta, agency manager operating out of the Half-Way Tree branch, had nothing but praise for his star steward, beaming as he explained that he personally recruited her.

"She is very determined and has a sense of purpose, and I knew from the beginning that she had the potential to be successful in the business. She is a no-nonsense person and what we love about her is her humility. She is not boastful about her accomplishments," DaCosta said.

Taylor, who is a mentor in the Dream Team Unit from which she operates, is confident that she has now found her true career path.

"This is my calling. My next target is the Top of the Table, and this means I will have to work twice as hard. Nelson Mandela said it is impossible until it is done, this is my motivation, and in the words of Barack Obama, 'yes we can'," Taylor said.