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  • Name: Philip Grundey
  • Job Title: Senior Trainee Actuary
  • Location: Government Actuary's Department, Chancery Lane, London
  • University: Oxford
  • Degree: MA Mathematics

Why GAD?
The first time I considered a career as an actuary was when I took an actuarial science module as part of my degree and discovered that I really enjoyed the application of mathematics and statistical ideas to tangible, real-world applications.
I was attracted to a career with GAD because of its diverse work in pensions, insurance, social security and investment which has an impact on the welfare of millions of people.
Another key attraction of GAD was its emphasis on work-life balance. We are a sociable bunch; there are many activities that you can get involved in, like regular chess and backgammon tournaments, football and cricket events and many more!
GAD is large enough that if you have a particular interest, you’re most likely to find someone who shares it, but at the same time it is small enough that you can get to know everyone who works here which gives a sense of belonging.
Tell us about your current role?
As a trainee actuary, GAD’s rotation scheme allowed me to move around different teams and be involved in various types of work, building on existing knowledge and skills whilst gaining exposure to new areas.
During my training I was assigned a study mentor who helped me with strategies for exam preparation. Study mentors have recent experience of passing exams, which means their advice and support is relevant and up-to-date.
In my current role in the Actuarial Services team I’ve been working mostly on public sector pension scheme valuations, seeing through the process from end to end as well as leading on some of my own projects, which I’ve found an interesting and fulfilling challenge.
As I have grown in experience, I have been able to take on more responsibilities, including line management, and this has helped me prepare for my future role as a qualified actuary.
Advice for anyone looking to become an actuary?
A career as an actuary could be a perfect fit if you have a passion for problem solving, enjoy technical work and effective communication with clients.
My main advice to anyone planning to become an actuary is to gain as much work experience early on as possible. This will help you stand out by being able to demonstrate and apply the skills required for the GAD trainee programme.

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