Ignite by Jackson helps young professionals explore careers in financial services


Newly expanded program provides hands-on computing experience for local college students

Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Jackson®), the principal operating subsidiary of Jackson Financial Inc. (NYSE: JXN), has developed a world-class career exploration program — Jackson’s Ignite — to help young professionals discover opportunities within the financial services industry. Ignite offers hands-on experience in multiple financial disciplines, including banking, insurance, and asset management, as well as information technology (IT) specialties. The financial services track of Ignite launched in 2018, and the program recently expanded with the new IT segment, welcoming its first class of participants in September 2022.

“There is an industry-wide need to attract young talent to financial services as a growing segment of professionals nearing retirement,” said Dana Rapier, senior vice president and chief human resources officer. of Jackson. “Jackson is committed to finding new and innovative ways to raise awareness of the exciting and fulfilling positions that exist in our industry. It is the purpose of Ignite: To provide a unique, paid opportunity for high-performing associates to identify and accelerate their careers in financial services through education, preparation and first-hand experience.

Ignite offers industry and company specific product training, professional development workshops such as resume writing and interview preparation, networking opportunities, leadership exposure and dedicated mentoring. Over 150 participants completed Ignite since its inception, approximately half of whom have held full-time positions at Jackson or within the industry. As part of the program, Jackson partners with other financial services providers to provide participants with broad industry exposure and diverse career opportunities. Participating companies include Merrill Lynch, Northwestern Mutual and Sigma Financial, who visit Jackson’s office to present relevant topics, including their corporate cultures and vacancies in asset and wealth management, commercial banking, accounting, commerce and customer service.

“After joining the Ignite program when it launched in 2018, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of financial services, build a strong portfolio, and expand my professional network,” said Ellie Parsons, Fund Accountant II at Jackson National Asset Management, LLC (JNAM ), one of Jackson’s subsidiaries. “Through Ignite, I was often pushed outside of my comfort zone, allowing me to develop relationships with new colleagues and gain the confidence to present in front of large groups. This program led me to my current position in the JNAM office in Chicago, and over the past four years I have had the opportunity to advance my career within the company. Ignite talks about Jackson’s culture, which I fell in love with – they really value associates and take special steps to encourage personal and professional growth.

The recently launched IT segment is designed for local students studying computer science, computing, or related disciplines to gain real-world experience supporting Jackson’s various technology teams, including delivery, engineering, and information security.

“The success of Switch on program allowed us to expand our talent pool to include the IT segment and provide students with a unique opportunity to gain meaningful enterprise IT experience while still in school,” said Dev Ganguly, Vice executive chairman and chief operating officer of Jackson. “We pride ourselves on offering a robust curriculum that provides exposure to key technology concepts such as AGILE methodology, programming, and coding. Students will develop their professional skills, think creatively, and collaborate with others while exploring career opportunities in the growing field of financial services IT.

Jackson is committed to a culture of integrity, inclusion, empowerment and growth. The company understands that employees want more than a job – they want community and purpose. Jackson offers opportunities to take on challenges, get involved in important causes, and learn from a diverse network of peers. For more information about careers at Jackson – including entry-level, part-time, and student-specific positions – visit Careers page on Jackson.com.


jackson® (NYSE: JXN) is committed to helping clarify the complexity of retirement planning for finance professionals and their clients. With our suite of annuity products, financial know-how, award-winning service history* and streamlined experiences, we strive to reduce the confusion that makes retirement planning difficult. We take a balanced, long-term approach to responsibly serving all of our stakeholders, including customers, shareholders, channel partners, employees, regulators and community partners. We believe that by providing clarity for everyone today, we can help achieve better results tomorrow. For more information, visit www.jackson.com.

* Service Quality Measurement Group (SQM) Contact Center Awards Program for 2004 and 2006-2021, for the financial services industry. (To achieve world-class certification, 80% or more of surveyed call center customers must have rated their experience as very satisfied, the highest rating possible).

jackson® is the trading name of Jackson Financial Inc., Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Headquarters: Lansing, Michigan) and Jackson National Life Insurance Company of New York® (Home office: purchase, New York).


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