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View Poll Results: How happy are you with your actuarial job?
5 - Love - Only been an Actuary 45 13.08%
4 - Like - Only been an Actuary 92 26.74%
3 - Content - Only been an Actuary 71 20.64%
2 - Dislike - Only been an Actuary 23 6.69%
1 - Hate - Only been an Actuary 3 0.87%
5 - Love - Career Changer 30 8.72%
4 - Like - Career Changer 39 11.34%
3 - Content - Career Changer 22 6.40%
2 - Dislike - Career Changer 4 1.16%
1 - Hate - Career Changer 4 1.16%
I am not an actuary or haven't held a position long enough to have a solid opinion. 11 3.20%
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I'da voted 4.5 - it's a like/love relationship.
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being a professor is not about whether you like teaching or research, it's about being able to have sabbaticals, short hours (something like 800 hours a year) and never having to pay for travelling for the rest of your life.

and the social status that comes with it.
I don't know what planet you're living on where professors only work 800 hours a year. It's more like 3000-3500, and almost all professors work on research during their sabbatical, plus keeping up with their grad students and some administrative duties.
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I start my job tomorrow and I'm aware it won't be all butterflies and flowers, but I am grateful I'll be making 3x what I did as a graduate student working 40 hours instead of 60-80.

-Riley
This. Quitting grad school to be an actuary ranks near the top of the best decisions I've ever made.
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This. Quitting grad school to be an actuary ranks near the top of the best decisions I've ever made.
I'm having difficulties since leaving graduate school for actuarial work. I met this thing called "free time" and I don't know what to do with it....

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Studying takes nowhere near as much time as grad student work.

I had the same problem in between quitting school and finding a job. I studied for and passed 3 exams in 6 months and still had way more free time than I'd had in a few years. It meant lots of MMORPG-playing and marathon-watching all 9 million seasons of Supernatural.
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This. Quitting grad school to be an actuary ranks near the top of the best decisions I've ever made.
Count me in.

And it's over 5 years for me, so I'm certainly not in a honeymoon period.
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I voted content. I really like my company but my particular position has its downfalls and I'm ready to move into a different role sooner rather than later.
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Wow this makes me really hopeful. I'm a soon-to-be career changer. I certainly have gripes about my current field. It seems like the vast majority of career-changers enjoy actuarial work.
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Wow this makes me really hopeful. I'm a soon-to-be career changer. I certainly have gripes about my current field. It seems like the vast majority of career-changers enjoy actuarial work.
depends what they changed from
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