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  • Name: Sam Chesterton
  • Job Title: Analyst
  • Location: London
  • University: Bristol
  • Degree: MEng Mechanical Engineering
  • Fields of Work: Consultancy

How did you get your job at Willis Towers Watson?

I initially became aware of Towers Watson through the actuarial institute’s website, and applied for their graduate intake. I wanted to work for a life insurance consultancy, and the company immediately stood out as one of the largest and most prestigious.

What made you decide to become an actuary?

I became aware of the role of actuaries during my third year of university. Throughout my degree I found my preferences lying with the mathematical and theoretical modelling side of engineering and consequently utilised my university’s career service to analyse my options. The typical job roles and functions appealed to me and so I contacted a family friend who operated as an actuary to talk about the profession, by the end of which I was confident in my chosen career.

What was the recruitment process like?

The recruitment process at Towers Watson separated the company from the others I had attended. I already had two job offers, but found myself extremely impressed with both the organisation of the day and the quality of other applicants. I received my contract shortly after and then enjoyed a relaxed Christmas break where I accepted the job and planned a few months travelling before beginning work the following summer.

Describe a typical day

A typical day begins by checking my emails and planning the day to prioritise tasks by deadline. I then attend to the responsibilities I have been assigned on my client project which will often include discussions with my project manager, executing analysis and replying to client emails. I also make sure that I take advantage of other development opportunities available at Towers Watson. Lunch and learn sessions are an enjoyable way to experience aspects of the industry through presentations made by my colleagues.  I am also involved in recruitment initiatives by attending University events and providing the office tour during assessment centres. Recently I have acted as mentor to the summer’s internship students which has been both challenging and rewarding.

What’s the most challenging aspect of your role?

Recently, the most challenging aspect of my role has resulted from increased exposure to the client. Discussing details of the work required by them involves ensuring that the client is satisfied and also that the deadline and task is manageable for myself and the team.

What do you hope to achieve in the future?

My plans for the future are to continue sitting the actuarial exams to qualify within the next 2 years. During this time I will rotate onto different projects with Towers Watson to widen my experience and deepen my ability as an actuarial consultant.

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