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2 Insurance Industry is information intensive 8,000 Companies 3 Million People Employed State Farm has over 5,000 IS employees

3 Insurance IS Positions Business Analysts Systems Analysts Project Managers Project Planners Testing Coordinators Training Analysts Object Developers Hardware Specialists Interface Design Specialists Systems Designers Security Analysts Database Administrators

4 Business Analyst = Internal Consultant Solve business problems through technology Research, define and document business requirements Understand current and future processes Liaison between the business users and technical developers

5 Business Analyst = Leader High level of responsibility Facilitate meetings Research existing processes Explore new technologies Document solutions Test and Train users Have a party once project is implemented

6 Systems Analyst Coding/Training in the following: – Cobol / PL 1 / C++ – Java / Visual Basic – Mainframe/Windows based applications – Web development (XML,ASP) – E-Commerce

7 Advantages of Working In Corporate IT Shop Change careers within the same company Flexible travel opportunities

8 One Day at Work 8 – 8:15 Stop at Company Bank to refinance my car. 9 – 9:30Meet internal client (claim dept) 9:30 – 9:45Submit the select-a-gift request (finally) 10 – 11:15New project kick-off meeting 11:30 –12Lunch & Learn speaker Asian Cultures 12 – 12:10Return books ( overdue ) to SF Library 12:10 – 12:30 Walk Around the Lake (Daily Relaxation ) 12:30 - 1Have internal client review my 2 nd draft of a memo 1 – 1:15 Enroll in Dale Carnegie success class ($1245) 1:15– 2 Meet manager – performance review 2:15 – 2:30 Call Chinese co-workers about cheap air tickets 2:30 - 3:00 Confirm project tasks with internal client 3 – 4:00 Write Charter, Requirements -- (Hide in a room) 4:15 Go home – ( Leave lights on! ) 4:30 Stop at Wal-Mart and buy a cement mixer (toy) for my 5 year-old son (tomorrow is his birthday) 6:00Attend picnic at State Farm Park

9 Job Training Formal Training for entry-level employees Business Analyst System Education (BASE) – 4 weeks Customized Systems Analyst Training (CSAT) – length varies based on the system analyst skill level On the Job Training – In-house classes – Actual work Mentoring – Knowledge Mentorship – Career Mentorship – Informal Mentoring

10 Commitment to Excellence 25th in Fortune 500 2nd in top 100 IT Shops Top 50 companies for Diversity (DiversityInc.com) Insurance and Banking #1 Auto Insurer #1 Homeowners Insurer Top 10 Life Insurer To be # 1 Financial Services Training and work satisfaction COMPUTERWORLD 2002

11 Common Misconceptions I will sell insurance I must have an insurance background I cant move up in a large company

12 Systems Professionals Enthusiasm - Can Do Attitude Problem Solving Skills Technical Skills Communication Skills Organizational Skills Work in a Changing Environment

13 Who Should I Contact? State Farm Insurance Companies Human Resources Recruiting 3 State Farm Plaza, K-1 Bloomington, IL Need more information? Visit our web site!

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