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, ASA, 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

Actuarial Communication Webinar Series

There are two primary skills actuaries must master if they are to be effective with others: Deep Listening and Asking Effective Questions. This may seem obvious, but most of us are woefully lacking in our listening and inquiry skills.  We often resort to making statements and opinions in an effort to prove our expertise.  There’s … Continue reading Actuarial Communication Webinar Series

How a Health Actuary Became a Winemaker

ACTEX interviews Bill Bluhm, a Retired Health Actuary turned Winemaker Bill Bluhm retired in 2013 as a Principal and Consulting Actuary with Milliman in Minnesota after a successful, nearly four decades long career as an actuary. Now he owns and operates Dancing Dragonfly Winery, a thriving vineyard and winemaking operation in northwest Wisconsin. We spoke to … Continue reading How a Health Actuary Became a Winemaker

SOA Launches Predictive Analytics Initiative

By Ian Duncan, December 2015 Although Predictive Analytics has not been a mainstream focus of actuaries, there are many of us who have been practicing in this area for a number of years, and a number of universities teach relevant courses in regression, GLM, time-series and other relevant subjects. Recent actions by the SOA leadership … Continue reading SOA Launches Predictive Analytics Initiative