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Essential skills to grow your career in the 2020’s

As the pace of digital transformation in the workplace accelerates, the next decade will pose challenges for actuaries and the general workforce, as they are pushed more quickly into different types of jobs and teams. Skill demands are changing so rapidly, say futurists, that even when a company lays out what it requires now, by […]

Interview Advice for Actuaries

So, you’ve fired off your applications and awaited responses with bated breath. Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for: you have an interview. Your only chance is to spend every spare minute between now and the interview date researching the company and names and personal habits of every actuary who has ever set foot in […]

6 Tips for A Successful Actuarial Career

A career as an actuary is very demanding.  With competing demands on your time, how do you ensure that you have a successful career?  Listed below are several “difference makers” that you should consider for a successful actuarial career: Difference Maker #1 – Read General Business and Industry Publications Given the rigors of the actuarial career […]

How to ask for a payrise

You’ve kept your nose to the grindstone and established your reputation, and now it’s time to think about your salary expectations. The good news is that UK earnings growth is strong – according to the Office for National Statistics, UK workers received an average pay increase of 3.3% at the end of 2018. That’s the highest rate since the financial […]

How to build trust with your team in the workplace

In order for your actuarial team to have a healthy, thriving culture, one of the key components is trust. Yet how many people can say without a doubt that they trust their managers and the company they work for? A recent study by Edelman found that one in three employees don’t trust their employer, while […]

6 ways to becoming a better team player at work

If you’re an actuary or data scientist, who wants to have an edge the next time you’re up for a pay rise or promotion, prove you’re a team player. To boost your own profile (and reap the rewards), first you must help others succeed. That’s because teamwork isn’t just good for company morale, it also sets you […]

How to Navigate the 8 Hurdles of Actuarial Team Leadership

Leadership is never simple. However, as an actuarial leader, you manage several stakeholders, with different expectations and interests. We’ll be exploring the following questions: Is my influence constructive? Which behaviours or assumptions might be unhelpful? We all strive not to be like that ‘bad boss’ we know. And very few people wake up intending to be that. This means we […]

Communicating with Senior Stakeholders for Career Success

Whether you’re a general insurance actuary, a risk actuary or life insurance actuary, effective communicating with senior stakeholders is a big-ticket item that can make or break your career. Because senior management can influence the future of your projects, it is key to learn critical communication skills to effectively present information that lands on listening, […]

6 ways to remain relevant in the workplace

As an actuary, staying current in your field will require a strong mix of hard skills such as technical know-how needed to do your job, and soft skills such as general industry knowledge and communication savvy. Here are six ways you can work on staying relevant professionally. Understand the dynamics of the industry you operate […]