The Actuarial Checklist: An Actuary’s Professionalism Security Blanket

Guest Post by Stephen Camilli, FSA, President, ACTEX Learning After reading Jay Jaffe’s review of Atul Gawande’s seminal book, The Checklist Manifesto, I had to read the book for myself, and it did not disappoint! I also wanted to hear more from Jay about how checklists that resulted in greater safety, efficiency and standardization in … Continue reading The Actuarial Checklist: An Actuary’s Professionalism Security Blanket

Excel, Python, R, C++ and more — Use the Right Tool, Use the Tool Right

Guest Blog by Mary Pat Campbell, FSA, MAAA, PRM, I found myself nodding several times through Brian Fannin’s blog post “My Journey with R” – I particularly liked Brian’s remark: Excel would return diagnostics about a statistical model, but I could tell that it had a greater interest in enabling changes to font size or … Continue reading Excel, Python, R, C++ and more — Use the Right Tool, Use the Tool Right

How Python Saved my Company

 Guest blog by Andrew Webster, M.S., ASA, MAAA It was the summer of 2015.  I had founded my company, Validate Health, one year earlier.  The Society of Actuaries awarded me $10,000 for the summer to sponsor a non-traditional internship.  My intern, Nate, and I found a project working directly with a group of physicians to … Continue reading How Python Saved my Company

My Journey with R

Guest Blog from Brian Fannin, ACAS It started even before I knew what R was. In 2007, a paper appeared in the P&C journal Variance, which focused on a different way of thinking about loss reserve estimation. This approach was founded on linear modelling - the LINEST function in Excel. Inspired, I began entering data … Continue reading My Journey with R

6 Things Actuarial Students Should be Doing This Summer

Access the Free Webinar. For most actuarial students today, their first actuarial job is the hardest one to get.  The number of students applying for entry-level actuarial job openings in the US and Canada is at or near an all-time high. In today’s entry-level job market, actuarial students must take a number of very important … Continue reading 6 Things Actuarial Students Should be Doing This Summer

How to Improve Your Actuarial Career By Leveraging Unrelated Experiences

Guest Blog from Roy Ju, FSA, CERA When I reflect on past experiences, I reminisce on many of my athletic and musical involvements…all the way back to my high school years.  On the surface, these are good memories that sparked many great friendships.  On a deeper level, these experiences shaped and developed the way I … Continue reading How to Improve Your Actuarial Career By Leveraging Unrelated Experiences

What Technical Skills Should I Learn As an Actuarial Student?

Guest Blog from Mike Jennings, FSA, CERA As a student, I often asked this question during career fairs. Now, I still receive this question when talking to current students. Technical skills are a critical part of an actuarial job, so the topic deserves a lot of attention. My short answer to the question: learn Excel … Continue reading What Technical Skills Should I Learn As an Actuarial Student?