Risk management careers do not seem to follow any particular pattern. Often they begin in claims management, loss control, environmental, health, safety, legal or human resources. Simply put, risk managers come from a variety of backgrounds.

My own career is a case in point. Upon graduation from high school, I didn’t have the opportunity to go directly to college. Instead, I began working as an administrative assistant and continuously wanted more out of my career.

For seven years I attended evening classes at the University of South Carolina Upstate while working full-time. When I graduated with a BA Economics/Finance degree, I had three criteria for the job I wanted: a business card, an in and out box, and a training program so I could continue to learn and prepare for promotions.

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