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Old 06-11-2004, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Kris Kothoor
BC wrote:
As for me, I wanted to be out in the "real world". I have a PhD in Operations Research. My thinking was that of the following choices:

(a) Write obscure papers that would be useful 200 years from now
(b) Teach and find out what great things my students were doing 20 years from now
(c) Go into the real world and be able to point to what I did 2 weeks ago
I am in a dilemma whether to go for P&C or life, i don't have a clear picture as to what kind of challenges actuaries face in P&C side, although i know it is more rigorous mathematically(or is it not?)... Anyway i am a usamo winner but did not participate in IMo.
Which side (Life or P&C) would you advise people who mainly seek mathematical aspects of Actuarial scicence?

"there's a website that has info on a lot of prior MOPers"
What is the website?

Health is, in many ways, not all that different from P&C. With P&C, you often have to construct a distribution of potential losses. With Health, same thing. With Life, you have to determine a distribution of the timing (and perhaps a way to match the expected cash flow).

For the first few years of your career, it may not make much difference - and the exams are very similar. I like different aspects of both. I probably prefer P&C, but I'm an FSA, C'est la vie.

Somewhere in here:
"But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
'Till things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black"

Johnny Cash
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