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Old 01-01-2015, 10:04 AM
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OLA actuarial community!! Hello!!! Aloha!!!! Mochi Mochi!!

I've been unemployed for over half a year. I have a few years experience. Is it possible that if I am out of the actuarial career long enough, my chances of getting back in are severely, severely, diminished? The assignments that I used to work on months ago are becoming fuzzy. My stint as an aspiring actuary is slowly becoming a distant, hazy dream. I'm like a divorcee trying to recover from a failed marriage. I know I can keep passing exams, but I am starting to think if I pass too many, I might make my situation worse. My candidacy's weak spot is obviously what happened with my previous employer. Also, I don't feel that I am qualified for most positions requiring several years of experience. I would need something 0-2 years. I'm pretty sure I would do fantastically well at an entry level position...but I have yet to get a call back on those.

A thought that disturbs me is how by now, the entry levels that worked at my company probably have the knowledge level that I had at the time of my departure and that they are working on my assignments. It is also disturbing to think about how people I worked with are going about their wonderful day, enjoying working with each other and advancing their careers, while I rot away like a bum. It's as if I was never there at all! I'm a distant, fading blip in the radar. A dying memory in their minds. I'm that character in a movie that gets killed off midway through. You will have forgotten about them by the end of the movie. Whenever I coincidentally see someone who works at my company, I'm filled with a weird mixture of emotions. I get uncomfortable and sad. I guess the advice regarding these thoughts is to not think them at all!! Push them away!! Send them off to the sun and let them burn!!!

You know what I really enjoy? Sometimes the people interviewing me don't look at my resume or don't look at it closely enough. They don't know that I'm unemployed. When I was on an interview recently, the mid-levels didn't know that I was unemployed (the upper levels knew). They asked me, "what am I currently working on", and I responded with, "I am no longer with my previous employer". Their faces got grim. It was awkward. Sigh.

Do you guys think my course of action should be these things?:
Work at sh*t job while living with parents
Do R&D (studying and learning programming)
Apply for jobs (including non actuarial jobs and entry level jobs associated with the *other* actuarial society at this point)
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I did enjoy writing that post, as you could tell haha.

Maybe I'll go and work on a cruise ship. Or maybe I'll go work on some organic farm somewhere far away for 6 months. I KNOW. I'll move to NYC and hustle hot dogs on the streets. I'll become a grade A, triple platinum, straight up, no-nonsense hustler. I'll get organic hot dog meat from a farm that I personally inspected on the coast of Chile. I'll market my dogs as brain-boosters!! Smart Dogs! Organic hot dogs that won't make you feel as though you just had low-grade, crappy-quality meat that was most likely produced in some meat sweat shop staffed by underpaid illegals !
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They asked me, "what am I currently working on", and I responded with, "I am no longer with my previous employer". Their faces got grim. It was awkward. Sigh.
That's not answering the question and that might be part of the reason for the grim face.
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That's not answering the question and that might be part of the reason for the grim face.


Yeah...THAT is the reason for the grim face. He should obviously answer - "Well currently I am working on getting a job at this company!"
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OMG Did I mess up somehow? What answer would you have recommended? I had been talking to them about what projects I "had" worked on. I was speaking in the past tense. They then asked me what current projects I was working on. It was evident to me that they had thought that I was still with my company, so I responded by telling them that I was not with my company anymore.
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