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.
The format of the course is a new departure for the IFoA: the first and last sessions in the series will be live, and last 50 minutes, while sessions 2 to 5 will be in the format of pre-recorded 15-20 minute segments, which can be downloaded and watched at the convenience of participants. Each of these segments will explore an aspect of Growth Mindset in practice in actuarial work, and will set a specific challenge for the participants to undertake in the following fortnight, before the next session.
Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences of these challenges in an online forum as they progress through the course, so that they can learn from one another.
In the final (live) session, the focus will be on how together, actuaries can support the wider profession to embrace the challenge of change, using the learnings garnered from this course about the value of Growth Mindset.
Dr Helen Wright
Dr Helen Wright is a highly experienced International Education Advisor who challenges and coaches leaders in schools and other organisations around the world to think and act ambitiously about the future of learning, education and lifelong professional growth. Her main areas of expertise lie in the development of diversity of thought, authentic leadership and global competence. She is a former Vice-Chair of the UK Independent Schools Council and a school inspector, and she led independent schools in the UK and Australia for 13 years of her almost 3 decades in the education profession. As an Associate of LSC Education, she recruits leadership candidates for roles in international schools across the world and she coaches several leaders internationally, helping them to raise their game at whichever stage of their career they find themselves. She holds several Board Director roles in the UK and overseas, and currently works with leaders in Hong Kong, Australia, China, the UAE, the Netherlands and the UK, amongst other countries. She chaired the IFoA Lifelong Learning Board from 2018-2020 and continues to support the IFoA in a lay non-executive capacity.