Was your offer in contract or commercial surety? Were they proposing to train you on both product lines? That makes a difference. With contract surety you meet with construction contractors to ascertain their character and capabilities, combined with analysis of financial statements. Commercial surety is more dealing with Fortune 500 companies, reading 10Ks and 10Qs, etc. The career path for both starts usually in a branch office. Was that where you were offered, or is it with somebody's home office? Surety is an interesting, if somewhat obscure, field. The career path is dependent upon the size of the company. Many people get their training as an underwriter, then move on to the production side of the business, which can be infinitely lucrative. I'd be happy to provide further information if you're interested.