||You are certainly on the correct path if you want to pick up domain knowledge to augment your IT smarts. Too many programmers don't realize that a key to success in business is to know something about the business. Living in Cincinnati, OH, I always use the example that Procter and Gamble does not make computers. They make diapers, coffee, etc. The P&G IT staff is a necessary evil (I am stretching a little, but the point is there.) It's a nice place to work but you're always going to be overhead and not a profit center for them.
When I interviewed at Cincinnati Milacron, a machine tool builder, the interviews went smoothly because I already know what a machine tool was and how it worked. Those who interviewed me were relieved that they didn't have to spend 5 minutes explaining what the company did to earn money. That helped me get my foot in the door.
You might want to consider some of the licenses and certifications that are part of the insurance industry. I don't know what those are, but every insurance 'expert' I've ever dealt with had some string of letters after their name. Getting certified or licensed would prove to a potential employer that you are serious about building a career.