Degree and university: Economics and management (2.2), London School of Economics
Chartered body: Institute of Actuaries qualification
Job title: Trainee actuary in the Government Actuary’s Department
When did you decide to pursue a career as an actuary and why?
I decided during year of one of my university studies. I chose it because it is a challenging career, but also a respectable profession worldwide. I wanted to ensure I had a career where my skills could be developed further.
What did the application process for your current job involve?
I sent in my CV through an agency. I had an interview with my line manager and a representative from HR, and I was then offered the job.
What do you do on a typical day?
Usually I am working with numbers, checking data and doing some calculations. I have to do due diligence, making sure everything is in the right order. In the summer I will become more client–focused.
How do you balance your workload with your studies?
I try to get most of my studying done during the weekends. I do bits of reading during the week, but I have the evenings free for myself.
What is the most rewarding part about the job?
The great people; they are really nice people to work with. Also the job is interesting, the tasks you have to do and the challenges you meet.
What is the worst part?
The amount of regulations and government law you have to follow. It can be daunting, and takes a lot of time to understand.
What advice do you have for students considering a career as an actuary?
They should read the information provided by the Institute of Actuaries. It can be demanding, so you need to be certain that you will put in the effort. In particular the exams can be difficult. But once you’re sure it’s the career for you, then go for it.