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Careers Support for Schools and Universities

Whether you are a teacher, careers advisor or parent, we have a range of resources available that can help you support students considering a career in actuarial science.

You can find a range of resource below, including our careers materials, details of events and activities, plus videos and blogs from those currently working in the profession.

Introduction to the Actuarial Profession and Directory of Employers

Our introductory guide to the actuarial profession clearly sets out the paths to becoming an actuary, the exams students need to take and the skills and qualifications employers look for in trainees and graduates.

Our Employer Directory provides detailed information about work experience and internship opportunities and trainee and graduate roles with leading employers of actuaries. The Directory provides advice on how to secure an actuarial role, case studies from a diverse range of professionals, plus information about the different areas of actuarial work.


We run and participate in events that enable young people to meet and network with employers and gain a greater understanding of the actuarial profession. This includes networking events with employers, panel discussions, careers fairs and events to support diversity and inclusion.

Our award winning annual event, Count Me In celebrates the diversity within the profession and encourages bright young maths students from historically unrepresented backgrounds to become actuaries.
In these uncertain times, we are not currently hosting in-person events. However, we will continue to host digital events to help young people reach employers and make their first steps towards becoming an actuary.

We also support schools and universities through our Career Ambassador programme. Careers ambassadors work for a number of different actuarial employers and can volunteer their time to take part in school and university events as speakers or panel members. As much as possible, we match schools and universities with career ambassadors in that region, so that students gain valuable insight into the actuarial profession from someone who they can relate to.

If you would like us to organise a speaker or event for your or your child’s school or college or want to find out more how we can support you to support students in their first steps on the path to a rewarding actuarial career contact us.


Our Career Tips playlist on YouTube answers common questions about becoming an actuary. If you would like to find out more about the future of the profession and the exciting opportunities that are opening up visit our Actuary Hot Topics playlist.


We have created specialist blogs to help those who are supporting students interested in a career in actuarial science.

We explain how the actuarial career compares to other career paths, how you can support your child through virtual interviews, the difference education options for actuaries and the extracurricular activities that can help aspiring actuaries secure their first role - and can still been done through social distancing.

Keep in touch

Stay up-to-date with the local events, and the latest advice and resources to support schools, universities and parents with early careers advice for the actuarial profession.

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.

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

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Events calendar

  • Actuarial Innovation in the COVID-19 era

    This event is online. 
    26 April 2021 - 7 May 2021
    Spaces available

    Join us for this brand new IFoA webinar weries comprising of a fortnight of webinars, panel sessions and a hackathon, that showcase the range of ways in which the actuarial profession has added value, in the public interest, to the understanding and management of the current and future pandemics through insight and learning.

  • Spaces available

    This event is also repeated on Tuesday 27 April, 09.00-10.30. Please click here to register your place if Tuesday is your preferred choice.

    Actuaries have a lot to offer biodiversity management over the next decade as the world develops more depth to its response to this global challenge. This sessional offers an opportunity to learn about this emergent risk, to contribute to our thinking as a profession and help us develop the next steps forward.

  • Europe Town Hall

    28 April 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual Europe Town Hall, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Alan Rae, Jennifer Hartley, Maribel Vasquez Flores and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.

  • Spaces available

    Sessional Meeting - Free to viewMis-estimation risk is a key element of demographic risk, and past work has focused on mis-estimation risk on a run-off basis.  However, this does not meet the requirements of regulatory regimes like Solvency II, which demands that capital requirements are set through the prism of a finite horizon like one year.  This paper presents a value-at-risk approach to mis-estimation risk suitable for Solvency II work

  • Finance & Investment Virtual Conference 2021

    Available to watch globally in May.
    10-12 May 2021
    Spaces available

    This year's Finance and Investment Virtual Conference takes on the timely theme of ‘resilience’, something we have all learnt a lot more about in the last year! Our diverse range of talks will explore the theme of resilience in a variety of ways including in building robust investment portfolios, in the incorporation of ESG factors, in govern

  • Spaces available

    This talk will explore the potential benefits that wearable tech can bring to health & protection insurers and their customers. The traditional approach of integrating wearables into insurance has largely focused on measuring steps and using rewards-based incentive programs to encourage more activity.

  • Spaces available

    Join us for this talk with Professor Sir Adrian Smith as part of the 'Dr Patrick Poon Presidential Speaker Series'. Professor Smith joined The Alan Turing Institute as Institute Director and Chief Executive in September 2018. In November 2020, he became President of the Royal Society, in addition to his leadership of the Turing. He is also a member of the government's AI Council, which helps boost AI growth in the UK and promote its adoption and ethical use in businesses and organisations across the country. He received a knighthood in the 2011 New Year Honours list.


  • Spaces available

    The General Insurance (GI) Spring Conference is a result of the General Insurance Lifelong Learning Committee (GILL) combining this year’s 'Current Issues in General Insurance' (CIGI) and 'Technical Issues in General Insurance' (TIGI) conferences into a virtual webinar series over 19 – 25 May that will be available to watch online globally.

  • CILA 2021

    Available to watch globally in May.
    19-21 May 2021
    Spaces available

    We continue to live in a world of global uncertainty. Survival depends on our ability to simultaneously navigate through the diverse root-causes, ranging from: the consequences of Climate Change; on-going financial consequences of the COVID pandemic; or self-imposed changes in regulatory requirements and accounting standards.

  • Spaces available

    This is a free webinar on the consultation on changes to the Practising Certificates (PC) Scheme.

    The proposals come from a recent review of the PC Scheme which was the first substantive look at the IFoA’s approach to the requirements and process for PCs since 2010. It responds directly to feedback received on how the current scheme works especially that received from members and PC Holders.

  • Pensions Conference 2021

    Online webinar series
    16-22 June 2021
    Spaces available

    Welcome to the programme for our 2nd Virtual Pensions Conference. This year's conference features 11 webinars offering members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the pension industry. There will also be opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.

  • Spaces available

    Given our commitment to the safety of our members and employees, and as the easing of restrictions in respect of COVID-19 cannot be guaranteed at this point in time, we have decided to hold our AGM virtually again this year.

    The Business of the AGM

  • Spaces available

    This is a free webinar on the consultation on changes to the Practising Certificates (PC) Scheme.

    The proposals come from a recent review of the PC Scheme which was the first substantive look at the IFoA’s approach to the requirements and process for PCs since 2010. It responds directly to feedback received on how the current scheme works especially that received from members and PC Holders.