Consistently add value on the job as an actuary (John Popiolek – pt 1)

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Ever wonder how an exam question came to be? Why are they so hard? Who dreams up what they should be? Today, we’re continuing our conversation with John Popiolek who shares his experiences as an actuarial exam grader and writer. While he’s not speaking on behalf of his employer or the SOA/CAS, his insight is something many Journeyers will find useful!

John Popiolek has been a pension actuarial consultant since 1987. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and after completing his FSA has served as an exam writer and grader. He lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with his wife and daughter.


48-49: Behind the Scenes Look at Actuarial Exam Writing and Grading (John Popiolek - Pts 1 & 2)

Guiding Quote to Success

Be Cool and Don’t Screw up!- College Friend of John’s

First Step of the Journey

John has been working as an actuary for 28 years, but that’s not the path he was on while in college!
Hear how John got started on his actuarial journey.

Roadblock on the Journey

Even when you may be confident and providing good results, your interpersonal relationships with your co-workers and managers still will play a large part in your success in yoru role. John shares a story about how a poor relationship with a co-worker almost detoured his journeyer – as well as the things that worked to keep him on track and resolve the situation.

Today’s Theme: Behind the Scenes Look at Actuarial Exam Writing and Grading

During the Conversation John Shares his thoughts on the following:

Useful Resources For Actuarial Toolkit

Making the Connection

Want to get in touch with John? Reach out to him through LinkedIn.

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