Before you apply for a graduate role, you need to do your research. This is particularly true if you are applying for a role in an extremely competitive industry.

The actuarial industry is a small one, and places are highly competitive. Exams are rigorous, and pass rates as you become more qualified can drop considerably.

Therefore, it is important that you do your research.

To help you with this, we have compiled a list of the top seven articles that you should read before deciding whether you should pursue a career as an actuary.

Top seven articles you should read before becoming an actuary

What is an actuary?

You might as well start at the very beginning! This article tells you everything you need to know about what an actuary does, as well as an overview of the skills and qualifications needed.

Who employs actuaries?

Traditionally, actuaries have been found in insurance companies, but they are now found in banks and consultancies. The article above shows you where you could potentially work as an actuary.

Top 5 skills every actuary needs

What skills do you need to become an actuary? This article outlines the skills you need to succeed as an actuary, including soft skills and technical.

What is working as an actuary really like?

In this article, actuaries describe their typical day on the job. This will give you a good chance to see what your life could be like as an actuary.

Actuarial salaries & benefits 2020

Money isn’t everything, but it is important to know how much you could potentially be earning as an actuary. The good news is, actuaries see excellent financial reward throughout their career. Read the salaries & benefits article to find out just how much you could be earning.

Actuarial exams

As mentioned, actuarial qualifications are rigorous, so it is good to get an idea of the type of exams you will be taking. The article above goes through the qualifications as well as any exemptions.

What is actuarial science and should I study an actuarial degree?

You may be wondering whether it is worth studying an actuarial degree. The above article goes through your options as well as the best universities in the world to study actuarial science.

Hopefully the above articles will give you a good insight into the world of the actuarial profession.


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