November 17, 2007

The new job

I've mentioned before that I've worked for the same company for the last 17 yrs. It's not actually the same company. It's been sold several time but with each sale and merger I've kept my job.

When I first started I drove a half hour each way, sat in an office for 8 hrs and processed medical claims. Simple straight forward job. Easy to explain. Over the years I learn how to adjust claims if they were paid wrong, how to answer customer service phones, and how to train other people to do what I did.

Six years ago they closed my office and I started working at home. Full time telecommuter doing the same job as always. A lot of the people that started off working home ended up quiting because of the isolation. Me? I don't mind it a bit. Love being able to spend more time balancing family responsibilities.

However back to just processing medical claims all day every day was a little boring so I transferred to another department and learned a new job. I handled correspondence from our customers and different provider. It was challenging. Every piece of paper was a new thing. No two days were the same. Plus I was helping people in their time of need. Great job.

Then I ran into my old manager at Costco and he offered me a job in his department. Was I up to a new challenge? Sure was so I transferred to the accounting department. Fixing claims to make the payments correct is definitely challenging. And again it felt good to be part of the solution solving a problem.

I spent a few months helping out another department last year and that supervisor called me to offer me a position working for her. I started the new job last Monday. The most interesting part? It's a job that you just can't explain in words that normal people would understand. It's the strangest thing to be doing something so specialized that your average person wouldn't even think that it was an actual job.

Pretty exhausting week. It'll take 6 months of training until I can do this job on my own. There's been a little knitting since I'm still on my baby sock knitting obsession. I've also been working on version 3 of my ISE scarf. My pal figured out it was me so no pics of that until she get it.

How are things in your little corner of the world?


Ruth said...

I hope you enjoy your new job, it sounds very interesting.

Just A Knit Wit said...

Good luck with the new job!

RevolutionMe said...

Considering your knitting output, I figured you didn't work. :-) silly me, you're just crazy.

gypsyknits said...

Congrats on your new job. I'm sure you're going to like this one. Keep On Knitting!

Karen said...

I wish I could find new jobs that quickly!! Enjoy your new job!

Vivian said...

Congratulations on the new job! You make it sound so easy to keep getting offers from your previous managers, yet I'm sure you've worked very hard to have such a reputation and a great network. My jobs are usually clear as mud to people outside of my field. In this day and age when companies slice and dice the organizations to tiny pieces I'm sure there are many jobs like that.