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Career breaks

Career breaks can be a wonderful opportunity, however, planning for them can also be a daunting experience – especially in a field where the sharpness of your practice is so crucial, where change is a constant and where competition is intensifying.

Career breaks take many forms: sabbaticals for study or travel, parental leave, illness, care roles, or unemployment, perhaps following redundancy.

Here is how actuaries can make their IFoA membership work for them in these situations:

Personal details

Please ensure that you keep your contact details up to date during your absence so that you do not miss any important communications from us.

Reduced subscription fees

If your income during the subscription year falls below the threshold for your membership status, you can apply for reduced rate IFoA membership subscription.

Reduced CPD requirements

If you have been, or anticipate being out of work for a period of time, you may be eligible to apply for Non-Practising status and be exempted from the requirements of the CPD Scheme. More information on Non-Practising status can be found here.

Retaining your Practising Certificate

As a certificate holder, if you have been, or anticipate being out of work for a few months, you will need to demonstrate at least three months relevant technical experience in the 18 months to your application date. This could be before or after (or both) the career break (providing the period(s) fall within 18 months of the application date). When facing a career break, it is important to work with your employer to plan a programme of reserved-type work to support renewal of your certificate. Please contact practising.certs@actuaries.org.uk for guidance.

Keeping up to date

While you are away from paid work, you should ensure that you keep up to date with the profession. IFoA membership offers many ways to do this: events, The Actuary, and our journals and research publications.

Networking

IFoA membership opens up many networking opportunities. You can build your network and enhance your lifelong learning through engagement in volunteer roles and with our professional communities. Your perspective will be valued – so get involved!

“In 2012 after a career break to bring up my young daughter, I was ready to go back to work. The best advice I was given was from a senior actuary who suggested I join an IFoA working party and make new, valuable contacts that way. I had to build up my network and do something to raise my profile. I needed to engage with the profession.”

Carole Ryden FIA

IFoA Buddy System

Through the IFoA Buddy System you can get in touch with other members for independent peer support.

Actuarial Mentoring Programme

The IFoA support the Actuarial Mentoring Programme (AMP). On your return to work, this scheme might be able to help you. Designed initially to help retain female actuaries within the profession, the programme is now also open to male actuaries experiencing a career transition.

For those who have been out of work for a while, many of the larger employers of actuaries offer Reconnection programmes. Here are a few of them:

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  • Spaces available

    Drawing from his most recent book “The New Long Life” and his longevity research Andrew J Scott will outline how longer lives and new technologies will fundamentally reshape how we structure our lives and transform the economy. As well as looking at the agenda this will set governments and corporates he will focus on the implications for you and how you prepare your future career.

  • India Town Hall

    Webinar
    28 January 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual India Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Member Mahidhara Davangere and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann. 

  • Spaces available

    What are the options for the world economy looking ahead?

    In this Thought Leadership Lecture, Economist, Vicky Pryce, will be discussing world economic trends, including the differences in geographical performance and how output is recovering and where.

  • Spaces available

    Trust and Leadership for Actuaries

    Led by Dr. Jim Baxter, University of Leeds, this webinar introduces some key ideas in the ethics of trust, with a particular focus on those in, or on the path to, leadership roles. Dr Baxter is joined by a panel of experienced leaders who will give their personal perspectives on how they understand the value of trust and how they seek to promote and inspire trust, drawing on their experiences of leadership. The panel includes:

  • Health and Care Hot Topics webinar

    Online webinar
    10 February 2021

    Spaces available

    In this webinar, we have two presentations showing the latest research on the implications for life and health insurers of two key issues: genomics and pandemic risk.

    Dr Peter Joshi and Paul Timmers will share their research on how well-established underwriting processes can allow for genomics in predicting expected mortality and morbidity. They will then discuss the potential for stratified screening and personalised medicine to improve health and reduce claim costs.

  • Spaces available

    As the world’s attention begins to turn to COP26 later this year in Glasgow, Sarah Gordon (Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute) will share her vision for how the financial services industry can deliver for people and the planet, as well as how to encourage more investment with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa Town Hall

    26 February 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual SSA Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Mukami Njeru, Prosper Matiashe and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.

  • MENAP Town Hall

    2 March 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual MENAP Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.