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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.

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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  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

    Spaces available

    This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.

  • Spaces available

    In this webinar, we will discuss how cause-of-death data from the Office for National Statistics can help us to understand how inequalities arise at the all-cause level. The key to understanding mortality inequality is to think about the chain that connects risk factors, relative risks, and cause-of-death mortality through to all-cause mortality.

  • Spaces available

    The importance of biodiversity for finance, business and policy is being increasingly recognised. While many studies highlight the overall economic impact that biodiversity loss could have, it is much more difficult to quantify and understand the particular impact that is may have on individual businesses or communities. The management and measurement of these risks is a field where actuaries are well placed to contribute.

  • Spaces available

    The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.

  • GIRO 2021 Webinar Series

    Online
    8 November 2021 - 19 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas and new research across the general insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.