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Old 01-25-2019, 02:38 PM
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Hi all,

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I壇 like to ask your advice. I recently received a job offer and during the interview process/on my resume I mentioned I知 sitting for Exam STAM during an earlier sitting than I知 actually taking the test. I said I知 sitting for the exam in February but I知 actually not going to take it until June, any advice on how best to approach this with my new employer would be appreciated.

For reference, I chose not to sit in February because I put all of my energy into finding a new job and I was applying to positions that could potentially require SOA or CAS exams. My new employer provides exam support through an actuarial student program and the information they sent me does not mention time requirements for passing exams (not positive if this is accurate or just an oversight in the information they provided me during the onboarding process).

Thanks again for your help!
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Old 01-25-2019, 02:41 PM
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Hi all,

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I壇 like to ask your advice. I recently received a job offer and during the interview process/on my resume I mentioned I知 sitting for Exam STAM during an earlier sitting than I知 actually taking the test. I said I知 sitting for the exam in February but I知 actually not going to take it until June, any advice on how best to approach this with my new employer would be appreciated.

For reference, I chose not to sit in February because I put all of my energy into finding a new job and I was applying to positions that could potentially require SOA or CAS exams. My new employer provides exam support through an actuarial student program and the information they sent me does not mention time requirements for passing exams (not positive if this is accurate or just an oversight in the information they provided me during the onboarding process).

Thanks again for your help!
You already got the job so who cares? Just tell them that you didn't feel ready to sit.
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Old 01-25-2019, 02:45 PM
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You already got the job so who cares? Just tell them that you didn't feel ready to sit.
He is right to care because offers can be rescinded. Rare, but it happens.

But he can email them and say that he did initially intend to sit for the exam in February but has subsequently decided that with everything on his plate between looking for a job, ending one job, and starting another he does not feel that he will be able to adequately prepare for the February sitting.

A few uptight actuaries will find this weak sauce and most will think it is no big deal at all.

OP, ideally do this well before you put in your two weeks notice at your current job just in case your would-be new boss happens to be an uptight prick about exams.
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I put on my resume that I was taking ERM but now I'm taking IRM because I'm lazy, and further, I brought up exactly that in my interviews.

It was no big deal. Hope that makes you feel better.
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Old 01-25-2019, 02:53 PM
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Meh. As long as your were honestly planning on sitting in Feb when you interviewed, it's nbd, imo.
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Pretty much what twig said. Be proactive and honest. Seriously, *most* of us have been in a situation where real life got out of hand and we had to delay an exam. It's not uncommon. But being forthright about it and letting them know very soon is probably the best idea.

They might even be happy about it - prepping for an exam very soon after starting a new job slows down on-boarding, and makes you less valuable out of the gate. They might be quite happy to have you sit later. Unless your anticipated exam passing represents some particular benefit to them? For example, if it's a consulting company, and they'd be able to charge a higher billable rate for your time if you passed?
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It's not a big deal. I ran into that situation twice, where moving and/or starting the new job involved being so busy I couldn't sit. I just took the sitting after that. Chances are hiring managers don't remember minutiae like this, or really care about things that happen before your employment, but if it's brought up, just explain. Changes happen. You're fine as long as you're still making an earnest effort to sit when you can and skipping doesn't become a pattern.
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He is right to care because offers can be rescinded. Rare, but it happens.
well then he/she dodged a bullet by getting the offer rescinded if thats the case at the company.
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well then he/she dodged a bullet by getting the offer rescinded if thats the case at the company.
Agreed. That being said, a company isn't going to rescind your offer if you had taken it and failed. Likewise, I don't think they'd rescind your offer if you didn't sit. Of course it looks better if you had passed, but it is what it is.
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I put on my resume that I was taking ERM but now I'm taking IRM because I'm lazy, and further, I brought up exactly that in my interviews.

It was no big deal. Hope that makes you feel better.
Where did you get hired that was okay with you saying you were switching exams due to laziness??

Asking for a friend who's too lazy to post its own question.

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