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Volunteer to Expand Your Knowledge

Written by  Brian Jilek, ABCP, ARM, ChFC Thursday, 22 November 2007 02:54

Perhaps you drew the shortest straw. Maybe you didn’t step backwards fast enough when volunteers were called. Or maybe you are a glutton for punishment and volunteered for this worthy assignment. I fell into the last category in June of 2001. I worked as a business analyst within the information technology (IT) department of a Fortune 500 firm. I was looking for a change in responsibilities, and I talked to a potential manager who said they wanted a “business recovery coordinator.” I didn’t know what that was, but hey, it sounded exciting. My task involved preparedness for an entire line of business that ran the gamut of opportunity – service providers, outsourced work, internal processing, some plans already well written, other plans lacking. In the fall of 2001, I took the DRI International (DRII) DRP 901 class. And, in January 2002, I received the DRII Associate Business Continuity Planner (ABCP) certification. As I