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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.

Events

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.

Videos

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.

Blogs

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.

careers@actuaries.org.uk

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

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Events calendar

  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

    Fully booked.

    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

    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

    This is a free webinar with an expert panel providing their views on the ongoing IFoA consultation for proposals regarding changes to the regulatory framework on climate change and sustainability.

    The regulatory consultation sets out, for feedback some proposed approaches that the IFoA are considering in relation to charter commitments under the UK’s Green Finance Education Charter (GFEC) and the regulatory framework, including the Actuaries’ Code.

  • Life 2021 Webinar Series

    Online
    22 November 2021 - 26 November 2021
    Spaces available

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

  • Spaces available

    The role of actuaries within the health sector varies considerably from one country to another, due to differences in the local evolution of health systems and the funding models for health services. 

  • 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.
     

  • The Many Faces of Bias

    2 December 2021

    Spaces available

    This webinar looks at the many types of biases, both conscious and unconscious and the impacts they can have in the workplace.  Raising our own awareness and understanding of the issues can help us avoid the pitfalls of unconscious bias in particular.  We’ve all heard the phrase ‘office banter’ but are we sure that’s how those on the receiving end perceive it and is it ok to go along with it?