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Becoming an Actuary

Choosing the right career for you when there is so much information out there can be a real challenge. But if you’re interested in a career where your maths skills can really make a difference, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve brought together everything you need to know about becoming an actuary. What is an Actuary explains what an actuary is, what they do, where they work and why you should consider becoming an actuary.

How to become an Actuary will provide you with more information about how you can qualify as an actuary, the exams you need to take and how you can become an IFoA student member.

If you’re ready to find your first actuarial role, you find information about work placements, internships, trainee roles and graduate positions in Your First Actuarial Role.

If you’re based outside of the UK, we have tailored resources and local networks to guide you as you take your first steps towards a career in actuarial science.

Parents, teachers and careers advisers

We have a range of resources, advice and guidance to help you support bright young maths students to become the next generation of actuaries.

Find out how we can help you support talented maths students as they choose their future career and connect them with employers.


If you’re an employer who wants to reach out to bright young maths students and promote actuarial career opportunities at your organisation visit Supporting Actuarial Employers to find out how we can help.

You can also find out more about becoming an apprenticeship provider and support and resources available for employers supporting students thorough IFoA qualifications.

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    Over recent months there has been a sharp rise in M&A activity involving British businesses, with interest from overseas, domestic buyers and Private Equity investors.  

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    Frank Redington is recognised as one of the most influential actuaries of all time. In this talk, Craig will review some of Redington's most important ideas. He will identify the consistent actuarial principles that form a common thread across the contributions Redington made to a broad range of actuarial fields, and will highlight the ongoing relevance of Redington's thinking to 21st century actuarial practice.

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    The IFoA Mental Health working party look back over their week of blogs and podcasts considering all aspects of the relationship between mental health and life insurance. The expert panel spans adviser, underwriter and actuarial experience and they  explore triggers for purchasing insurance relating to mental health, the various routes to insurance and how these may be more suited to different people depending on their conditions and preferences, the products and processes involved in purchasing these as well as what claims and support are available to policyholders and how to access them.

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    Part of the 'Finance in the Public Interest 2022' webinar series. If it was ever okay to consider your business in isolation from its surroundings, today it most definitely is not. Thinking about business within its surrounding system is now a necessity. The question we seek to discuss is: How should we prescribe the boundaries in which we consider problems to enable us to create better products and more resilient companies and systems?

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    What will happen to DC pension savers who see life annuities as poor VFM but still want an income for life?  Pooled annuity funds could offer them a decent lifetime income while reducing significantly the complex choices and risk inherent in income drawdown.  They could be the next generation of CDC pension schemes, slotting into the existing DC framework as a post-retirement option.