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Old 09-11-2014, 04:44 PM
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It's not a bad degree, just wondering.
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Why did you study engineering if you wanted to be an actuary?
Or alternatively, what's so bad about ChemE? I have several friends in that realm who are doing very well. Actuarial isn't all it's cracked up to be.
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ChemE is cool, it just no longer suits me. I went into chemE unsure about what I was getting into. I was a passionate tree hugger and cared so much about industrial waste water treatment and source water protection. As I progress toward graduation, my situation and priorities have shifted, chemE doesn't describe my dream career anymore. But I was so close to graduation, I just finished it off anyway.
I learned about actuarial science and got committed to it around the last quarter of my senior year. So far I have passed P and FM and planning to sit for MFE in november.
I figure I need some time to improve my horrible interview skills and teach myself SQL and SAS. My non existent work experience can be the biggest flaw in my resume, which brought it up to my questions: how to earn actuarial related experience.
Another reason I major in chemE is because at the moment it seemed to provide a valuable, transferable skills set that give a bright job prospect. Now, in my frustrating job search, all I got is doubtful eyes :p
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ChemE is cool, it just no longer suits me. I went into chemE unsure about what I was getting into. I was a passionate tree hugger and cared so much about industrial waste water treatment and source water protection. As I progress toward graduation, my situation and priorities have shifted, chemE doesn't describe my dream career anymore. But I was so close to graduation, I just finished it off anyway.
I learned about actuarial science and got committed to it around the last quarter of my senior year. So far I have passed P and FM and planning to sit for MFE in november.
I figure I need some time to improve my horrible interview skills and teach myself SQL and SAS. My non existent work experience can be the biggest flaw in my resume, which brought it up to my questions: how to earn actuarial related experience.
Another reason I major in chemE is because at the moment it seemed to provide a valuable, transferable skills set that give a bright job prospect. Now, in my frustrating job search, all I got is doubtful eyes :p
Some actuarial jobs can be frustrating and super boring. Some people think the work interesting but some do not. During my last internship, we were super busy with a boring (sometimes frustrating) project. But I managed to learn as much as I could. So attitude really matters. Try looking for an internship to see what actuarial work looks like. I am sure insurance companies started their hiring process a month ago. I don't remember the name of an AO poster who posted a map of companies that hire actuaries. You should search for the post.
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I don't remember the name of an AO poster who posted a map of companies that hire actuaries. You should search for the post.
Try https://explorer.soa.org/. This is the official SOA version.
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So I have an upcoming interview for a summer actuarial internship at a large corporation. It's supposed to be ~30 minutes long. Do interviews for internships usually involve technical questions or general "Give me an example of a time when ___." type questions or what?

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So I have an upcoming interview for a summer actuarial internship at a large corporation. It's supposed to be ~30 minutes long. Do interviews for internships usually involve technical questions or general "Give me an example of a time when ___." type questions or what?
Depends. In my experience they are more of the latter.
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So I have an upcoming interview for a summer actuarial internship at a large corporation. It's supposed to be ~30 minutes long. Do interviews for internships usually involve technical questions or general "Give me an example of a time when ___." type questions or what?
Yes. And welcome to the AO.

Seriously, be ready for both kinds. And look around this forum for other types of questions that might come up.
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