Pursuing a career as an actuary is a challenging and rewarding road, requiring a commitment to passing a rigorous set of examinations to achieve CAS credentials while working full-time. After years of experience in the profession, members may reflect upon the advice that they wish they were given during the early stages of their career.
I, for one, would have told myself (1) For my University days – speak up. Answer the professor’s questions. Don’t just sit there in silence like everyone else. This is good practice for being effective at work. At work, silence is not the road to success. (2) Make it a priority to understand the business of insurance. For example, if you don’t immediately know if the values in the exhibit are in dollars or in thousands of dollars then that’s a very bad sign.
While at the CAS Board of Directors and Executive Council meetings last month, I asked a few leaders of the CAS to share the advice they would give to themselves as young actuaries and recorded their responses in this short video.
Thinking over your career, what advice would you give yourself that would have helped you on your road to becoming an actuary? We are compiling responses to this question for an article we are preparing for members of CAS Student Central. Please leave your advice as a comment below!