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Career Story: Website Developer For An Insurance Company

Website Developer For An Insurance Company

Job Title: Business Analyst

Type of Company: We sell insurance for individuals, businesses and property.

Education: University of North Texas (attended)

Previous Experience: I worked in fast food outlets and in retail.

Job Tasks: Most of what I do I learned on the job. My career in insurance began with planning and organizing classroom training opportunities for our policyholders. The training I conducted was in the areas of ergonomics, occupational health, industrial hygiene and property. I did not have any experience in these fields; I simply had to be organized and provide all the training materials to the site for the instructors.

My job then morphed into a proof-reading and editing one for policyholder materials which we posted online. As a consequence, I have had the opportunity to read and learn a lot about safety issues in many areas. But since then, the job has morphed again into something more like web development, though I continue to be the primary editor of loss control safety materials.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that I am exposed to many safety professionals throughout the country and I am continually learning about current safety efforts both at the federal level (OSHA, NIOSH, DOT, etc.) and at the state level. I also love the creative aspect of my job where I can develop websites and logically place materials, pages, etc. where they make the most sense. I like that I can be creative in the web development and yet technical and methodical in the editing part.

There is no worst part about my job. I enjoy working for a company that has a passion for safety and actively helps businesses and their employees learn to be safe on their jobs every day.

Job Tips:
1. Knowledge of HTML is a must, since our web development tool works best when you use HTML (rather than copying and pasting from a Word document).

2. It is important to talk to your counterparts and learn to work as part of a team. Individual successes will rise to the top and you will not be overlooked, but it is critical to be a team player.

3. To be an editor you have to know aspects of the English language such as grammar and punctuation. The best tool to use is the Gregg Reference Manual. Get a copy.

Additional Thoughts: There are opportunities in the insurance industry that allow you to have a successful career and yet not have to know much about insurance. Don't discount a career in this wonderful industry because you don't think you like insurance. It's not all about life and auto policies!

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