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Old 07-19-2014, 09:49 AM
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Some kind of office job, preferably financial and/or quantitative, would look better. The classic advice on here is apply for underwriter positions at an insurance company. Some will say to disclose your intentions of later switching to actuarial, but I believe that advice is foolish.
I've read that here on before, but I'm wondering if anyone has ever really gotten a job (either underwriting OR actuarial) by doing this. Underwriting is a professional position also and I don't think they just hand them out like candy, especially in this economy.
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I've read that here on before, but I'm wondering if anyone has ever really gotten a job (either underwriting OR actuarial) by doing this. Underwriting is a professional position also and I don't think they just hand them out like candy, especially in this economy.
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I've read that here on before, but I'm wondering if anyone has ever really gotten a job (either underwriting OR actuarial) by doing this. Underwriting is a professional position also and I don't think they just hand them out like candy, especially in this economy.
Sure, it happens, but it's by no means any sort of guarantee.

I personally wouldn't do it unless you're desperate. If you're competent technically (i.e., can program and are objectively pretty good at math), there are other options if you can't land an actuarial job. I don't think this field is worth taking desperate attempts at. YMMV.
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:11 PM
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I am going to be a senior in college this year and will graduate in April. Is it too early to start applying for entry level jobs now? Would you guys suggest I wait until september or october at the peak of hiring season?
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If you're looking for an underwriting gig in the meantime, would it be wise to leave exam progress off your resume? It'd seem like an obvious tell that you're just waiting for an actuarial opportunity to come along.
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I am a recent graduate with an engineering degree who is struggling so badly to find a job somewhat related to actuarial field. And I can see that I'm not lonely in this boat. Most quantitative, analyst kind of positions disqualify me due to my non existent background in finance/business and insufficient programming skills. For the assistant/data entry type of work, my degree seems to be a hindrance , and they say that I lack experience.
No chances getting into underwriting so far and I shy away from insurance customer rep./sale roles because the introvert in me will be really miserable in such positions.
I'm working at Cinnabon right now to pay the rent while continuing on my frustrating job search. Can somebody recommend some kinds of job I can look into?

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I am a recent graduate with an engineering degree who is struggling so badly to find a job somewhat related to actuarial field. And I can see that I'm not lonely in this boat. Most quantitative, analyst kind of positions disqualify me due to my non existent background in finance/business and insufficient programming skills. For the assistant/data entry type of work, my degree seems to be a hindrance , and they say that I lack experience.
No chances getting into underwriting so far and I shy away from insurance customer rep./sale roles because the introvert in me will be really miserable in such positions.
I'm working at Cinnabon right now to pay the rent while continuing on my frustrating job search. Can somebody recommend some kinds of job I can look into?
Have you tried getting an engineering job?
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I am a recent graduate with an engineering degree who is struggling so badly to find a job somewhat related to actuarial field. And I can see that I'm not lonely in this boat. Most quantitative, analyst kind of positions disqualify me due to my non existent background in finance/business and insufficient programming skills. For the assistant/data entry type of work, my degree seems to be a hindrance , and they say that I lack experience.
No chances getting into underwriting so far and I shy away from insurance customer rep./sale roles because the introvert in me will be really miserable in such positions.
I'm working at Cinnabon right now to pay the rent while continuing on my frustrating job search. Can somebody recommend some kinds of job I can look into?
I'm eatin' that. That's what's gonna happen next. You decide if we're gonna be in the paper tomorrow, but that shit's goin in my face.
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I am a recent graduate with an engineering degree who is struggling so badly to find a job somewhat related to actuarial field. And I can see that I'm not lonely in this boat. Most quantitative, analyst kind of positions disqualify me due to my non existent background in finance/business and insufficient programming skills. For the assistant/data entry type of work, my degree seems to be a hindrance , and they say that I lack experience.
No chances getting into underwriting so far and I shy away from insurance customer rep./sale roles because the introvert in me will be really miserable in such positions.
I'm working at Cinnabon right now to pay the rent while continuing on my frustrating job search. Can somebody recommend some kinds of job I can look into?
#1. If you're trying to get an actuarial job, how many Exams have you passed?

#2. If you're not getting interviews for an actuarial position, and you have at least 2 Exams passed, then you need to work on your resume. And possibly pass more Exams.

#3. If you're getting interviews for an actuarial job but aren't getting any offers, then you most likely need to improve your interviewing skills.

#4. I had no actuarial background when I started applying for an EL position and got a job. I know of many people who do not have an actuarial background and got a job. Getting an actuarial job is a blend of (a) getting Exams passed, (b) looking "good enough" on a resume to get an interview, and (c) looking better than the other candidates during an interview. If you're able to network, that will most likely work in your favor.
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I am a recent graduate with an engineering degree who is struggling so badly to find a job somewhat related to actuarial field. And I can see that I'm not lonely in this boat. Most quantitative, analyst kind of positions disqualify me due to my non existent background in finance/business and insufficient programming skills. For the assistant/data entry type of work, my degree seems to be a hindrance , and they say that I lack experience.
No chances getting into underwriting so far and I shy away from insurance customer rep./sale roles because the introvert in me will be really miserable in such positions.
I'm working at Cinnabon right now to pay the rent while continuing on my frustrating job search. Can somebody recommend some kinds of job I can look into?
Why did you study engineering if you wanted to be an actuary?
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