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Old 04-28-2019, 02:15 PM
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I am also an aspiring career changer with 2 exams passed and a third pending. Was it weird being older than all your peers in the office? Also what did you do before actuarial?
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:27 PM
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:45 AM
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I am also an aspiring career changer with 2 exams passed and a third pending. Was it weird being older than all your peers in the office? Also what did you do before actuarial?
I was in a STEM field. I work with a lot of other actuaries (including career-changers) so the age thing has never felt too weird to me, even though most people at my level are ~10 years younger than me.
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The bolded is a very poor assumption.

In general, I was only older than several of the more "recent" hires; and that would've been no more than 25% of my (immediate) peers.

The "weird" thing, if anything, is having to report to someone who is younger than you.
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The bolded is a very poor assumption.

In general, I was only older than several of the more "recent" hires; and that would've been no more than 25% of my (immediate) peers.

The "weird" thing, if anything, is having to report to someone who is younger than you.


I was probably older than a higher proportion than that, but there is generally enough of a mix that it didn't matter.

I have found that reporting to someone younger than you only gets weird when they assume they are older.
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Wow I was pleasantly surprised to find new responses. I very much appreciate that. Itís been over a year since that post and at this point Iíve already followed a lot of the advice I got on here. Iíve passed 3 exams. Iíve become familiar with r sas and a little vba. I did an internship and am halfway to getting a masters degree in mathematics. At this point I feel like Iím a good enough candidate but Iím not sure how to become THE candidate. Iíve been applying and only gotten 1 phone interview. Iím limiting myself to the northeast which Iím really hoping is a wide enough net.

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Focus on Exams. If you don't have much experience in programming, work on any language (R or Python might be good starting points).

SQL is easy enough to learn OTJ, and would work better when doing actual work.

SAS isn't used ubiquitously and can also be easily acquired if needed.


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Old 10-16-2019, 08:22 PM
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Oh I thought this thread was about how to get out of actuarial.
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Old 10-16-2019, 08:30 PM
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Wow blast from the past. The legend returns.
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Old 10-17-2019, 12:40 PM
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lol I'll be sure to tell my boss I'm a legend. I'm just shocked I remembered the password!
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