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?

This Skill Sets Some Actuaries Apart from the Rest, and Lacking It Holds Others Back

In The Influential Actuary: How Actuaries and Other Technically-Oriented Professionals Set Themselves Apart, author Dave Miller interviewed four actuaries who, in his estimation, achieved great status in their careers and made tremendous impact both in their organizations and the industry. Among these interviews, the importance of one specific skill is repeated over and over again: communication. We're happy … Continue reading This Skill Sets Some Actuaries Apart from the Rest, and Lacking It Holds Others Back

Notable Actuaries: Bruce Schobel

The Past and Future of the Social Security System and Other Retirement Benefit Systems An Interview with Social Security Expert and Former President of the Society of Actuaries Bruce Schobel   Bruce D. Schobel, FSA, MAAA, may be the most knowledgeable actuary on Social Security in America. Bruce is a former President of the Society … Continue reading Notable Actuaries: Bruce Schobel