06Dec2010

Students are listening – what’s your advice?

by Lisamarie Lukas, SOA Director of Communications

lukasAs you may have read in the December/January issue of The Actuary, our University Outreach program continues to grow and has proven to be a valuable way for us to connect with future members of the profession.  What we’ve learned is that students really appreciate the opportunity to talk with practicing actuaries – and as a result, we always take at least one featured actuary along with us on our visits.

Hearing from one or two actuaries is great, but we want to be able to provide an array of insights and perspectives.  So, we’re asking – what advice do you have?  What’s one thing you think we need to make sure to tell students as we travel around the U.S. and Canada?

Share your thoughts by posting a comment below.   And, on behalf of the students we meet, thanks!

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Discussion

3 responses to "Students are listening – what’s your advice?"

  • Jim Lynch says:

    If you want to become an actuary, become a fellow.
    Early in your career, it is easy to find work if you have two or three exams. But as your career progresses, executives will not be as willing to pay actuarial-sized salaries unless you have the credentials.

  • Alice Fontaine says:

    To become an actuary you need perseverence. The process is fairly lengthly and arduous, but as with most things, the rewards are great when a great effort was made to reach the goal. I don’t regret the trek to fellowship becasue the work is so interesting and fulfilling.

  • Ruth Ann Woodley says:

    Don’t just study math. Technical skills and passed exams are the table stakes for an actuarial career. But if you can also speak and write well about those things, to explain to everyone else why your actuarial work matters, then you are in the truly elite minority of the profession. So take classes where you’ll have to write lots of papers and give presentations. With the skills you learn, you can be sure your actuarial work will be used and valued.

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