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Well, I don't think it is dumb, but trying to play life as efficiently as possible is an actuarial trait.

In my opinion, you shouldn't hesitate to go towards the things you want now, even if you change your mind in the future. This applies to everything. More often than not, you will be ahead.

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My point is someone who isn't in the field will basically almost never have an informed opinion of what they want. Any predilection towards CAS or SOA one feels is probably entirely artificial and coming from the biases of others, such as this board. It's foolish to make impactful decisions based on it.
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My point is someone who isn't in the field will basically almost never have an informed opinion of what they want. Any predilection towards CAS or SOA one feels is probably entirely artificial and coming from the biases of others, such as this board. It's foolish to make impactful decisions based on it.
Do you think you could extend that same line of thought to choosing actuarial over X career as well? The point is, you take steps towards the things you want and you learn on the way. No reason to sit down and wait.

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My point is someone who isn't in the field will basically almost never have an informed opinion of what they want. Any predilection towards CAS or SOA one feels is probably entirely artificial and coming from the biases of others, such as this board. It's foolish to make impactful decisions based on it.
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Was it foolish for you to choose Actuarial from the beginning instead of keeping other career paths open? I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be an FSA at this point in time if you did. You're downplaying the effort you've made.

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Do you think you could extend that same line of thought to choosing actuarial over X career as well? The point is, you take steps towards the things you want and you learn on the way. No reason to sit down and wait.

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The difference between Actuarial career and career X is stark, much greater than SOA or CAS. So if you've arrived at that decision then it makes sense to take some exams as that will help you in your career by landing internships and the like. But taking MLC will be precisely useless to you if you end up in P&C. Now maybe you have a passion for Life Contingencies, but probably not. 4 exams is more than enough to demonstrate commitment and ability to pass exams. There are lots of other skills you can learn, and will almost certainly be more interesting than MLC.
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But taking MLC will be precisely useless to you if you end up in P&C.
I don't think it will be 100% useless, but I agree that it in general will be useless. However, my point still stands. Evaluating paths randomly, the person who took MLC will always be ahead or at the same place as the person who chose to do nothing.

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Fortunately the dichotomy isn't MLC or nothing. It's MLC or S or anything else. Doing Toastmasters would be more beneficial if you end up in P&C.
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Fortunately the dichotomy isn't MLC or nothing. It's MLC or S or anything else. Doing Toastmasters would be more beneficial if you end up in P&C.
Once again, I agree with you completely, but I don't believe that for most people it boils down to studying for MLC or doing something else beneficial. It generally boils down to study for MLC or doing something else that is not beneficial.

By the way, since you've pointed out the P&C route, what happens if someone takes MLC and they end up on the SOA side?

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