Actuarial Journey is Back – Keeping up Momentum

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This Episode’s Roadmap

It’s been a while since the last episode of Actuarial Journey, but it’s back and better than before!

Take a listen to this episode as Nemo Ashong shares what led to this break, and what steps you can take as you study for actuarial exams and apply for entry-level actuarial jobs to avoid losing momentum.


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Destination of Today’s Journey

After this episode, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply three techniques to help you keep up your momentum when you feel like slowing down
  • Identify 3 amazing books that can help bolster your ability to achieve throughout your SOA/CAS actuarial career
  • Participate in shaping the direction of Actuarial Journey through more community events and opportunities
Compass: Guiding Quote for Success

“The battle must begin anew everyday” – Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

Milestones: Highlights of the session
  • Momentum with actuarial exam studying and applying for actuarial jobs doesn’t just come to an abrupt stop. There’s some much more subtle involved.
  • Focusing on continuous improvement and steadily building a cushion in your efforts can prove useful with “Life Happens”.
  • When you’re stuck or losing momentum, focus on your strengths and use that to make progress.
Toolkit: Useful Resources
  • Free Audiobook from Audible – Listen to any of the three books mentioned on today’s episode for free on Audible.
  • The ONE Thing by Gary Keller – Amazingly simple and straightforward book to help you identify the ONE thing you should focus on to maximize your results. Really helpful when trying to figure out what you need to do next.
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield – Identify the many ways Resistance manifests itself in your pursuit to your goals and learn the counter-measure to help you succeed anyway.
  • The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson – This book shows you just how simple it is to make really small changes and decisions consistently over time to achive the continued success we want in life.
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The Journey Continues – What was your biggest takeaway from this episode

Leave a comment and let us know!

  • Tony Richmond II

    Good to have you back, Nemo! I’m really excited to hear what “business skills” means in the context of actuarial work. It always seems so….vague when I hear it discussed. “You have to have business skills” or “Your business skills as an actuary are what make you valuable.” But we all know that ‘business skills’ can refer to anything from basic accounting to marketing to people skills to management to analysis. I’d love to hear specifics and HOW they are applied in the field.

    • ActuarialJourney

      Hey Tony – the next few episodes starting with the one from last Monday really dive into business skills for actuaries. Check out http://www.actuarialjourney.com/41 and let me know what you think.

  • ActuarialJourney

    Great point Tony! I almost fell into that trap myself! Based on this, I’m going to put some concentrated effort into building a business skills series for he podcast. It will have to come from my experience in pension actuarial consulting, but I’ll look to ask our guests to be specific as well. For me, a few of the big ones are interpersonal relationships, understanding your client / customer needs, and communicating technical information in a manner that is relevant and actionable to your target audience. Personally, I think marketing also is a big thing, but not in the way most people might gravitate to. I think marketing in terms of making sure others know the value of what actuaries can bring to the table to meet a suite of business and risk needs is something that can differentiate those who are successful .

    Journeyers – any thoughts on this? Any business skills you want me to cover in the series?