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Old 01-22-2015, 09:07 PM
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Default Is it unwise to pass more than two exams before your first job?

I graduated from college in December. A couple months before I graduated, actuarial recruiters visited our school. I talked with one of them about general advice after I graduated.

I asked him if it would be wise to study for the third exam and attempt to pass it while also looking for jobs once I graduated. He said that that is not a good idea, because passing a third exam without any actual experience forces them to pay you more than the applicants that have only passed the first two, and this effectively prices you out of the competition.

What do others think of this idea? I am currently looking for entry-level work and have passed the first two. Do you think this is good advice and that I should hold out on passing the third?
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I graduated from college in December. A couple months before I graduated, actuarial recruiters visited our school. I talked with one of them about general advice after I graduated.

I asked him if it would be wise to study for the third exam and attempt to pass it while also looking for jobs once I graduated. He said that that is not a good idea, because passing a third exam without any actual experience forces them to pay you more than the applicants that have only passed the first two, and this effectively prices you out of the competition.

What do others think of this idea? I am currently looking for entry-level work and have passed the first two. Do you think this is good advice and that I should hold out on passing the third?
Extremely bad advice.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:15 PM
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I forget, is this the first time this thread has come up this week?
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:26 PM
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Extremely bad advice.


For my entertainment, could you speculate on a reason as to why they would have told me that it is unwise to study for more exams if that is bad advice?
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For my entertainment, could you speculate on a reason as to why they would have told me that it is unwise to study for more exams if that is bad advice?
Was he old? Ten or fifteen years ago that would have been okay advice.
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For my entertainment, could you speculate on a reason as to why they would have told me that it is unwise to study for more exams if that is bad advice?
Because people who don't know what the eff they're talking about feel the need to talk anyway. Look it up on the internet. It's a real thing. It's called the Dunning–Kruger effect.
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Because people who don't know what the eff they're talking about feel the need to talk anyway.
Pass all the exams in the time it takes someone to pass one is what I suggest!



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Extremely bad advice.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:16 PM
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Every intern that we hired for next summer had at least 2 exams. These are sophomores and juniors. It's not uncommon to see full-time hires with 3-4 exams passed. Pass as many exams as you can.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:18 PM
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Employers are only "forced" to pay you minimum wage. Minimum wage does not change with number of exams passed.
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