Why Doing It the Easy Way is Often the Best Way for your Actuarial Career

Have you found yourself working really hard at something, only to find that even with your best efforts, you still didn’t accomplish the full extent of what you were looking for? This often comes up during the job search where Journeyers find themselves feeling passed over for job opportunities or during exam studying when Journeyers see others getting better results with less studying.
What if the reason that you’d not seeing the results you want is because you’re working too hard?. Better yet, what if you go do things the easy way and spend less time, effort, and money to get better results. [Read more…]
Why Doing it the easy way is often the best way

44: 3 Principles of Effective Communication for Aspiring Actuaries

Getting across the message you wish to get across is both easy to do, and not easy to do. Especially when it comes to numbers, people (business colleagues and friends alike) seem to contract a curious case of the “MEGO”s – My Eyes Glaze Over. Thankfully, there are many tools and mindset considerations available to help prevent these symptoms from presenting.[Read more…]
44 - 3 Key Principles to Effective Communication

42: How To Build And Demonstrate Business Skills

Ask an actuary what one of the keys to success as an actuary is and you’ll likely hear that a successful actuary can exhibit business skills in addition to the technical skills. Since these skills are important, we’ll explore how you can build these skills along your actuarial journey.[Read more…]
42 - Build and Demonstrate Business Skills (Actuarial Journey)

41: Takeaways from Actuarial Talent Supply and Demand Study

“Business skills” are often brought up as something that actuaries need to have in order to be successful. The question is: What business skills matter for actuaries? This was laid out in the Actuarial Talent: Supply and Demand Study that was performed by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by the Society of Actuaries (SOA), Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), and Canadian Institute of Actuaries.During this episode, I share some of the takeaways I gathered from reading the report and discuss how you can apply them on your actuarial journey going forward.[Read more…]
41: Takeaways from Actuarial Talent Supply and Demand Study

40: Top Job Hunting Lessons Learned while Switching Careers

Curious about 1) landing an entry-level actuarial job when changing careers or 2) what you can do with an actuarial background in other careers? Whether you’re considering becoming an actuary or curious about what else you can apply your actuarial background to in your career, this episode is sure to deliver value. Let’s do this![Read more…]
Actuarial Journey Podcast

Actuarial Journey is Back – Keeping up Momentum

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. [Read more…]
Actuarial Journey Podcast

Passing Actuarial Exams While Working – Establish, Communicate, and Deliver your Study Brand

Passing exams while working can be difficult, but it’s also one of the most consistent realities of pursuing your actuarial credentials. Whether your Actuarial Journey takes you down the path of Life, Health, Pension, Property and Casualty (P&C) or Reinsurance actuary, being able to maximize your study days and the actuarial study program your company offers is a key component to getting through the exams quickly and achieving your work/life balance. [Read more…]
Passing Actuarial Exams While Working While Working - Establish, Communicate, and Deliver your Study Brand

5 Methods of Dealing With Overwhelm

Feeling overwhelmed seems to come with the territory of making any major change in life and pursing any major calling. As we know, the Actuarial Journey is a marathon, not a sprint, and sometimes the volume of what we need to do for work, fitness, family, and fun can feel a bit much.
It happens to us all along our journey, whether you’re applying for an actuarial job, studying for an SOA/CAS exam, working for as an actuary in insurance/consulting, or pursing a career change to actuarial work. Today’s episode, I share an experience where I felt that way and the 5 steps I typically take when dealing with overwhelm.[Read more…]
5 Method of Dealing with Overwhelm

5 Reasons to Join an Actuarial Exam Study Group

Today we’re going to discuss an under-utilized study resource that is readily available for each of your journeyers.What is this resource? Study Groups. This is the first episode in our mini series on Study groups and we’ll start it off by taking through why being a part of a study group can be useful to you in the first place. You’ll learn how it can benefit you and what you may have been missing out on while studying.
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5 Reasons to Join an Actuarial Exam Study Group

Achieving your Ideal Work/Life Balance – Part 1

Let’s face it – it’s really hard balancing studying for exams with all the things we have going on in our lives. We have so many roles that we play, so many tasks that we need to perform, and so many people depending on us that often times, it’s a major struggle to feel like there’s any semblance of a balance while studying. The next few episodes are designed to help you maintain control of your life, continue to perform well with work, school, and your family, and of course pass your next exam. Let’s Do this![Read more…]
Achieving your Ideal Work Life Balance - Part 1

Building Confidence for Your Exam Day – Part 2

We’re going to spend the rest of today’s episode talking about how you can keep your nerves in check and allow all of the studying that you have done to naturally manifest itself on the exam day. To put it bluntly, we’re going to spend the rest of the test helping you avoid choking on the test after all the hard work you put in.[Read more…]
Building Confidence for Your Exam Day - Part 2

[Plan] Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals for your effective study plan

Have you found yourself feeling behind in studying without really being able to pinpoint the reason? How did you fall behind – you had such a good game plan and you had reasonable goals. Well, that’s the subject of today’s session, understanding how to set S.M.A.R.T. goals to help you make a more effective study plan and help you with your Personalized Studying.[Read more…]
[Plan] Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals for your effective study plan

The importance of staying organized to be effective (Kate Weaver – IABA)

Kate Weaver is the Executive Director of the International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA). Kate’s journey to success is phenomenal as she shares how she uses her strengths in organization and communication to execute major projects. It’s clear that Kate is passionate about helping aspiring actuaries, and when you hear about what she and the IABA have in store, you’ll see it come through in full force.[Read more…]
The importance of staying organized to be effective  (Kate Weaver - IABA)

3 Reasons Why You Should Take More Study Breaks

Have you ever found yourself studying for hours and only to realize that not only have you been staring at the same question for 10 minutes, but you can hardly remember what you just finished reading? This lesson addresses the assumption that you should study really long hours while minimizing your study breaks. Unfortunately, there are a lot of benefits that you’re not taking advantage of when you approach studying that way. That’s why today’s episode focuses on 3 Reasons that you should take more study breaks. [Read more…]
3 Reasons Why You Should Take More Study Breaks

How to leverage the skills you develop on your journey outside of the actuarial world! (Nick Blitterswyk)

Nick Blitterswyk is the founder and CEO of Urban Green Energy International (UGE) who prior to starting this company worked as an actuary, primarily in pension consulting. Listen to today’s informational interview as Nick shares his journey as both an actuary and entrepreneur and how you can leverage the skills you develop pursuing an actuarial career for all paths in life. [Read more…]
How to leverage the skills you develop on your journey outside of the actuarial world! (Nick Blitterswyk)