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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, 09:16 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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We are more likely to interview a candidate with 3 or 4 exams than one with only 2. Other companies may have different preferences. But companies that expect you to get through exams quickly (which tend to be ones that help you get through exams quickly) like to see evidence that you can pass exams, and like the idea that they can support you through fewer exams.
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two is the modern minimum. I'd shoot for 4
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But really why do people give out such dumb advice?
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