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Old 11-05-2018, 09:09 PM
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I, too, decided to pursue a career in the actuarial profession after seeing the same movie at the CAS Course on Professionalism.
lol my manager said that when they played The Big Short at the FSA, she didn't even want her fsa anymore.
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I heard about it at my undergrad institution. Some of the profs told me about the actuarial-related courses they taught (I used to hang out with the math profs), and though I never took those courses, I remembered about the profession in 2002, when I was casting about for a new profession. I looked up the exams online, and signed up for a couple.

It was not a great time to be seeking a job in Manhattan, and actuarial wasn't the only thing I applied to.
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Not sure what you mean about graduating in 2000. I graduated high school in 2001, had no clue about actuarial work until I interviewed at an insurance company after getting my graduate degree in math. Wasn’t really mentioned in my math program at a heavy engineering school.
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I heard about the profession in the mid-'70s. I was in 8th grade and it was one of those typical "what do you want to do when you grow up" things. Actuaries showed up high on the list back then. That list was "glorifying the high demand, high salaries" back then.
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your school did better job advising than mine. I was advised that if I didn't want to go the PhD route, I could go into investment banking, or, if I didn't want to do that (I didn't) I could always pick up a law degree, because you can always use a law degree.
This probably says more about our schools than advisors. IB from a middle-tier-or-slightly-better state school isn't all that realistic, so it was never mentioned. I did have a number of people (not my advisors) suggest a law degree for that same reason lol - I don't think people suggest that any more, or at least it seems less common.
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No one ever suggested law school to me.

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Ugrad had some profs who pushed it. I deferred and went to grad school. grad school had an act sci program, and I had a colleague or two who were on the patht o being actuaries, but I switched in when an alum came and spoke at the time I was finishing my research and looking for work. she made it sound interesting and I applied.
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U.S. News and World Report magazine was naming Actuary the #1 profession back in the 90s (yes, we had magazines back in the 90s!). My dad (a math teacher) saw the magazine at the grocery store, brought it home, and said "hey, here's a good career for people who like math. You should do this."
I should add that I initially resisted because I didn't want to just do what my parents said. Then I took one of those career aptitude tests during my junior year of high school and it said "you should be an actuary or an accountant".
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This probably says more about our schools than advisors. IB from a middle-tier-or-slightly-better state school isn't all that realistic, so it was never mentioned. I did have a number of people (not my advisors) suggest a law degree for that same reason lol - I don't think people suggest that any more, or at least it seems less common.
The clueless part wasn't the IB suggestion -- that was completely realistic, and there were lots of companies on campus recruiting. For reasons that still seem good to me, I didn't want to do that. The clueless part was the "get a law degree".

So maybe your advisors weren't any better than mine.
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I should add that I initially resisted because I didn't want to just do what my parents said. Then I took one of those career aptitude tests during my junior year of high school and it said "you should be an actuary or an accountant".
oh yeah, i took one of those aptitude test too with similar results. had forgotten about that
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