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Hi! I’m fairly new to this sub and to the actuarial path in general. I’ve been looking through some advice from the wiki and other boards, but I was hoping I could get some advice from people who are already working as actuaries or who know what to look for in applicants.

外围体育投注Again, I only recently started working towards becoming an actuary. Of note, I’m from the US, I graduated college about a year ago, and I’d been pursuing more of a data analyst/economic analyst/research analyst type of role since that was what seemed most related to the work I enjoyed doing in college. It wasn’t until this whole coronavirus thing began that I started really considering trying for an actuarial role. It seemed at least tangentially related to what I had been interested in before, and I really liked the type of analytical work that actuaries do. And the more I read about it, the more excited I was about trying for it. I signed up for the soonest SOA exam I could take: the Exam P administered in July (I missed the signup deadline for May), and the preliminary analysis said I passed! And now I’m lined up to take Exam FM later this month.

外围体育投注Here’s my question, though: I’ve been looking into full-time entry-level positions, especially now that I’ve got one exam under my belt, but I notice that a lot of entry-level jobs are looking for people with actuarial internships or some sort of prior experience. I had a data science-related summer internship between my junior and senior year in college, but I’m really new to the actuarial field. I feel like I might be disadvantaged to pursue a full-time entry-level job when I haven’t even had relevant internship experience. But on the other hand, if I already have one (possibly soon two) actuarial exams complete and since I’m over a year out of college, would I even qualify for an internship anywhere?

外围体育投注So from your knowledge, do you think I should apply for entry-level jobs, or should I apply for an actuarial internship? And do you have any advice on how I should go about either one given what you know of my background? Again, I would prefer a full-time job, but I want to do whatever will get me where I want to be, even if it takes a while.

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I am currently going into my senior year of High school and am considering being an actuary as a career choice. However, I am very interested in and involved in the jazz band program at my school and want to continue to study jazz. My question: Would I be able to minor in jazz studies and still become an actuary? And if so which major choice would best prepare me for becoming an actuary? Thanks!

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外围体育投注I've started working less than a month ago in financial reporting department. I like how I have a lot of time to study for exams, but it seems like I don't have much work to do. I think one of the difficulty is that I started working remotely. Thus, I have never met my managers and co-workers in person. Nevertheless, I've asked my manager for more work and it seems like there's not much work for me yet.

I don't want to be one of those forgotten team member in a group, so I'm not sure what I should do. I have too much downtime and feel guilty about it. Is this normal starting out as an entry level actuarial? Also, I heard that financial reporting actuaries are busy, seasonally. Thus, maybe it's just that right now, it's a just a relaxed season?

Any suggestions for an entry level student to make an effective use of the company's time? Should I just keep studying for my exam during work or email my manager more often asking for more work. I also want to be mindful of my manager's time and not bug my manager, if possible.

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Posted by6 hours ago

Hello everyone. Hope everybody is safe and sound.

I got a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting back in 2015. Something personal happened then that made me abandon the accounting career and pursued a career in the medical field instead. After 3 years working in the field, I realized it wasn’t for me. *It is much more difficult if you get emotionally attached very easily and the fact that some of them are dying is heartbreaking.

Anyways, a year ago, I was telling my partner that I planned on getting a Master in Accounting, and he asked me if I was interested in the actuarial science. Like what you expect from most people, I had very limited understanding of what actuaries do. So, I started to learn what it is, what they do, etc. I found it to be more interesting than accounting. My math was a bit rusty already and even my accounting knowledge has escaped from my brain. So, I decided to go back to school and am currently enrolled to an Actuarial Science program at a local university. Last June, I sat for the first exam and passed. Since then, I started questioning my decision to go back to school. Not because I am feeling cocky for just passing one exam, but it is because I have gotten a Bachelor’s degree. In the back of my mind, why do I have to take more student loans for a second degree that is not required?

外围体育投注So, my questions are

  1. Do you think it is a good idea to get a second Bachelor’s degree? Should I finish the program? What’s the benefit of completing the program? Am I just wasting time and money?

  2. 外围体育投注Should I just focus on passing more exams and improving technical skills?

外围体育投注The reason why I am asking about getting a second degree is because I am no longer working and I am afraid to leave an empty space on the resume (not working, not in school). Any advice or suggestion will be very much appreciated. Thank you everyone.

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Hi all! I am about to start my freshman year of college, and I want to get ahead of the game by trying to secure an internship next summer. The thing is, I'm not sure if I'm a good candidate for internships. I haven't taken any exams, and my resume is mostly empty. I have been thinking about getting certificates like the wall street prep excel crash course, but I'm not sure if that's a good investment. Should I get some certificates to beef up my resume so I can start applying this fall? Does anyone have any advice for me?

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