Writing articles on trending topics, preparing scripts for podcasts, translating the latest research into relatable guidance – it’s all in a day’s work for an Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Content Developer.
If that sounds appealing – and you have impeccable writing skills along with sound industry knowledge – then you could be an ideal candidate to join the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
IOSH is seeking a creative-minded professional who can deliver accurate content at pace – just like Ryan Exley, who joined the team 21 months ago and describes the role as an “amazing opportunity”.
“I saw it as the next step in my professional development,” said Ryan.
Born and bred in Yorkshire, Ryan studied English and Creative Writing at university before embarking on an OSH career and progressing from officer to manager status.
While the OSH Content Developer role combined his passion for writing with real-world experience, Ryan had another reason for applying – he wanted to change the way the OSH profession was viewed.
Ryan said: “OSH can be a bit of a dry topic, at times, and I wanted to try and make health and safety a turn-on rather than a turn-off.
“The best thing about being a content developer is it allows me the opportunity to give OSH a new, fresh voice. One that speaks to all audiences.
“It also allows the freedom to suggest new ways of thinking and bring new ideas to the table.
“Plus, my team is great.”
Now almost two years into his role, Ryan still believes engaging the reader is key.
“You can write as much as you want, but if it doesn’t strike a chord then people will put it back down without learning anything,” he said.
The new OSH Content Developer can expect to translate research, advice, guidance, legislation and their own specialist knowledge into useful, relatable content for OSH professionals to put into practice. They will keep abreast of technology and may hear their words on a podcast or webinar as well as see them in print.
Candidates need to be:
- excellent writers
- level 6 qualified
- have OSH experience in at least two industries
- a specialist in at least one subject.
Ryan added: “My tip for anyone wanting to join the team is to be brave with what you’re doing, have confidence in what you’re saying and get the work out there. And if you need any support then we’ll give it to you.”