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
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
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
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
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
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
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?