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Careers advice

A career as an actuary offers a wide range of opportunities and gives you the chance to apply your mathematical and statistical skills to real life challenges

Deciding on a career path is incredibly exciting, but a little daunting too.  Actuarial work is especially suited to those who enjoy solving problems by analysis, mathematics and logical reasoning.  For a successful career, however, the development of communication and management skills is also important.

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) has Career Ambassadors based all over the world who are especially chosen to offer advice to anyone considering an actuarial career 

The role of a Career Ambassador is to promote the IFoA by offering informal careers advice to those interested in becoming an actuary. Our Career Ambassadors are at many different stages in their actuarial qualification, work for many different employers in a variety of different roles and are based all over the world.  This means that we have a wealth of experience to call on, which allows for a varied insight into a dynamic and ever-changing career and profession.

If you would like to speak to a Career Ambassador, contact the Careers team who will be able to put you in touch with an appropriate ambassador.

Career fairs and presentations

In addition to offering advice to individuals by telephone and email, Career Ambassadors also promote the profession through:

  • presentations at schools, colleges and universities
  • attendance and presentations at career fairs
  • providing articles and case studies to be printed in publications and online.

If you would like a Career Ambassador to visit your school, college or university, please contact the Careers team.

The IFoA can also supply stands, posters, brochures and leaflets for any careers events you have in your school, college or university.  If you are interested in these resources, please contact the Careers team.

Contact Details

If you would like to speak to a Career Ambassador, would like to enquire about becoming a Career Ambassador, or would like help with finding speakers to attend a careers event, please contact the Careers team.

careers@actuaries.org.uk

We aim to respond to all enquiries within five working days.

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Events calendar

  • Autumn Lecture 2020: Professor Elroy Dimson

    Online webinar
    14 October 2020

    Spaces available

    Many individuals and institutions have a long-term focus, and invest funds for the benefit of future generations. Their strategy should reflect their long horizon. University endowments are one of the oldest classes of institutional investor, and I will present the first study of the management of these endowments over the very long term.

  • GIRO Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Available to watch globally in November.
    02-13 November 2020
    Spaces available

    This year's GIRO has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the general insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's GI Online Learning Resource area.

  • Life Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Online
    16 November 2020 - 27 November 2020

    Spaces available

    This year's Life Conference has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the life insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's website.

  • Spaces available

    The webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities schemes face in evaluating end game options, choosing a target state and understanding the impact this strategic decision could have on member outcomes long after the “end state” is reached. Adolfo, Kevin and Rhian bring over 60 years of experience in the industry and a variety of perspectives as scheme actuary, covenant adviser, trustee, de-risking adviser and insurer.

  • Spaces available

    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

  • Spaces available

    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report.