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Welcome to the Journey On Blog!
At Actuarial Journey, we’re dedicated to helping you pass your exams, land an entry-level actuarial job, and excel in your long-term career as an actuary.
Check out these articles to learn how to pass your actuarial exams, find study materials, prepare a resume for an actuarial job, tips from other actuaries to help you on succeed in your actuarial journey!
There are common misconceptions about communicating what you say in an effective manner. Everyone’s got their ideas about what makes an effective communicator, and everyone will give you their opinions, whether you want them to or not. In this post, we’ll explore three of the most common myths about communicating effectively, and explain why adhering to these myths can trip you up, plus we’ll explore advice on how to sidestep the pitfalls of these myths. [Read More…]
Building business skills is an important part of today’s fast-paced world. And these skills can not only be used in the business world, but in a school setting as well.
So how do you go about doing this, especially as you go into the actuarial field? Read more to find out how to build these essential skills. [Read More…]
When you’re in school, be it college or grad school, or even studying for your actuarial exams, you’re likely also trying to work and earn a living as well. Work, along with other activities in your life, such as spending time with friends and family, or your hobbies, can take up a lot of your time. And granted, it’s natural to want to do well at our jobs. We want to excel and shine at what we do. But how to do this while studying? [Read More…]
We’re changing things up with an interview with Deb Model, a former actuarial recruiter. She answers some of the most asked questions about becoming an actuary on the entry-level, and shares really valuable tips for you to keep in mind.. [Read More…]
We all experience overwhelm in our lives. Whether it’s several things happening at once and we’re caught off guard, or we end up letting certain thoughts run rampant, that feeling of “Oh my gosh, there’s too much to deal with!” can be pretty powerful sometimes. But there are five specific things you can do to ease that feeling of overwhelm and get yourself back to being fully operational. [Read More…]
For many, juggling the responsibilities of daily life can prove to be a real challenge. This is true for aspiring actuaries and those already in the field. Fortunately, you don’t have to be one of these people. With just a small mindset change and a little bit of preparation, we’re going to show you exactly how to supercharge your work/life balance. [Read More…]
We’re all familiar with the classic test day horror story. The story about the person that spends three hundred hours studying, enters the test room nervously to take the exam, encounters a question they can’t answer, and freezes up. They let one question sabotage the entire test. The only thing you need is hard work, discipline, and direction. [Read More…]
Along your actuarial journey, there’s no doubt that you’re going to come across many multiple choice exams. When studying for these exams, most people tend to use an ineffective and unstructured approach. You will learn about unconventional yet extremely effective studying strategies for multiple choice exams . [Read More…]
Carving out time for both your studies and your personal time and not feel guilty about enjoying the latter, pretty challenging, but there exists a tool that can help you out. It’s called the Personalized Study Roadmap. [Read More…]
The actuarial profession is rife with assumptions. When you’re an actuary, you’re going to be using assumptions to assess risk, value future outcomes and put a price tag on that risk. However, there are three key assumptions you might likely make when it comes to passing your actuarial exams. [Read More…]
If you say, “I’m going to do a lot of problems,” okay, fine. But how many is a lot? Are you aiming for 10? 30? 50? 100? You get the idea.You want the winning approach instead: SMART goals. But what are SMART Goals? Learning what they are and how to apply them is the destination for today. [Read More…]
Have you ever had those times where you said, “I’m going to study for X amount of hours,” and you head to the library to try and make good on that self-promise? But then you find that after about an hour, your brain feels like mush, and a quick ten-minute trip over to Cheezburger.com for a few cat memes turns into two hours, or a five minute YouTube break turns into three hours of binge-watching videos from all the channels you subscribe to. Apart from all those guilty feelings, there are three specific reasons why more studying for extended lengths of time is not necessarily better, and this lesson outlines those reasons. [Read More…]
Two of the main reasons why studying often goes by the wayside are time and motivation—especially with all the other stuff that goes on in our lives. These are the two roadblocks you have faced, or will face, as an aspiring actuary, but you are not alone in this. This lesson, however, will help you get a focus on why you might be having trouble studying when you say you’re going to.[Read More…]
Studying for exams is something that takes a lot of time to do. Here are some methods to maximize your time studying. [Read More…]
Now you’re here: at the part of the journey where you’ve landed an interview. You’ve worked hard to get to this point, and you’re excited about the potential future in front of you, especially if the interview is with the exact company you wish to work at. You are going to have to prepare for your interview in a way you likely haven’t before [Read More…]
Building relationships is truly the key and the core of everything in our lives. This proves true when it comes to making decisions, influencing others, and having the support of others and resources to do what you want to do. But what if you’re an introvert? What if you’re one of those people who gains energy by spending time with themselves rather than with groups? What if you prefer to sit back and think about things before you make decisions, and prefer not to speak unless you really have something dynamite to say? Read more for more information. [Read More…]
When it comes to following up after an informational conversation. You need to be able to plant enough seeds of good relationship in order to reap what you’ve sown. [Read More…]
So you’ve gone through the on-campus recruiting events and you’re preparing to either write your resume if you haven’t yet, or to tweak what you’ve already written so that you present your best self, even if you haven’t had an actuarial internship yet. [Read More…]
When you go to an actuarial career fair, people are already taking note of what you do and how you interact with others. Recruiters are sizing you up to see if you’d be a good team player, have good oral communication skills, etc. Yes, your goal is to eventually score an interview, but at this point, you really need to let your personal brand shine. [Read More…]
When it comes to scheduling and conducting informational conversations, especially concerning building your brand, consider the following: by reaching out to different people and finding out what led them down their path, you can use all that different information in order to make your own decisions about the type of actuary you want to be. [Read More…]