The program includes:

  • Two tracks: Sales or Client Management
  • Selling skills training
  • Mentorship from top performers
  • Travel to in-person learning events
  • Networking with Guardian Leadership

Preferred Candidates

Candidates for the program should possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to develop relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to work with teams
  • Leadership qualities
  • A strong desire to win

About Guardian

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® helps protect families, secure futures and improve well-being through insurance and wealth management offerings for individuals, employers and businesses.

Our ability to always put our 29 million customers first is driven by our over 160-year heritage as a mutual company committed to serving the long-term needs of our policyholders. With approximately 7,700 employees and a network of 2500 financial professionals in more than 75 agencies nationwide, the entire Guardian team is passionate about advancing innovation, service and knowledge to help build strong families and communities for generations to come.

Guardian is a mutual company, meaning that it is owned by its policyholders. As owners, whole life policyholders share in Guardian’s actual financial results through annual dividends, which Guardian has paid every year since 1868.1

Success stories

Abbie Austin, Client Manager, San Francisco

After graduating from Texas Tech University in 2019, I had entered the insurance industry with little prior experience. While working for a small brokerage firm, I was searching for an established company that would be willing to prepare and invest in me to thrive in the industry. The Early Career Program at Guardian was the perfect fit. Over the span of 11 months, Guardian equipped me with the tools to develop a well-rounded understanding of not only my own Client Manager position, but also other roles that I work with daily to provide a complete grasp of Guardian’s workflow. Additionally, our community is truly amazing, there is always someone ready to help, no matter the issue or question. I joined Guardian in July of 2020 when things felt a little unpredictable, but this career path choice has proven to be so fulfilling and I am grateful to be here.

Derek Murphy, Small Group Sales Representative, Phoenix

After graduating from Bates College, I joined Guardian in July of 2020 eager to move into both a new industry and a new organization. With so much uncertainty, what was certain at Guardian was the rise in small market business growth, progressive and innovative leadership, and dedicated and resourceful Sales Enablement professionals.  The training and development program is an exceptional opportunity and jumping off point for those entering the industry with a desire to develop relationships, challenge themselves, and help the client networks that they serve. The Early Career Program helps position participants confidently into the marketplace where they can utilize new knowledge to succeed, win and drive business. I would enthusiastically recommend Guardian for a variety of reasons, but more specifically for the organization’s loyalty to our core values, “Do the Right Thing, Go Above and Beyond and People Count.”

Corporate Social Responsibility

Strategic Philanthropy: Guardian is focused on financial capability, workforce development and children’s oral health for low-income and low-asset families and individuals.

Sustainability: Guardian’s sustainability efforts are concentrated in environmental stewardship, driven by the priorities of its businesses and the passion of its employees.

Employee Engagement: Guardian employees volunteer their time and skills in a variety of educational and community service events.

What we offer

Guardian employee benefits add up. At Guardian, we depend on our employees every day. In return, we offer our employees, eligible family members, and domestic partners important Guardian benefits that include:
• Medical, Dental, Vision and Prescription Insurance
• Income Protection – Disability Income Insurance
• Life Insurance
• Retirement Planning - 401(k)
• Flexible spending accounts
• Critical Illness and Accident insurance
• Generous paid time off and parental leave policy
• Wellness Discounts
• Matching donations to educational institutions

Employee Development

Join a company that makes it clear they care about employees. At Guardian, continuous learning and career development is an intrinsic part of the corporate culture. From Day One, our employees are part of the Guardian community.

• Development is linked to our value system
• Professional and Leadership Development
• Performance Management
• Tuition Reimbursement
• Professional Affiliations: American Management Association (AMA) – Life Insurance and Market Research Association (LIMRA) – Institute for Management Studies (IMS) – Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) – The Conference Board

Program Contacts

Angela Reiman, Program Manager


1 Dividends are not guaranteed. They are declared annually by Guardian’s Board of Directors.

These are the personal views of Abbie Austin and Derek Murphy and may not represent the experience of others. The information presented should not be used as the basis for any decision making.

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