As the social, business, and financial worlds are increasingly affected by environmental and societal risks, our profession’s impact in sustainability areas will continue to grow in the future. Early career actuaries can enhance our profession’s sustainability impact by bridging generational divides, providing new perspectives, and ensuring the next generation of actuaries have appropriate expertise to face the evolving challenges of our future.
Our Sustainability Early Careers Board will harness the voices of early-career actuaries on sustainability issues and integrate their views into our Sustainability Board and the wider actuarial community.
About the Board
Our Sustainability Early Careers Board will be the voice of the actuaries of the future, contributing to the ongoing development of our profession’s sustainability practice area.
The Early Careers Board will focus on new initiatives to raise the profile of sustainability amongst early career actuaries, as well as provide valuable feedback on the objectives and work of our Sustainability Board.
The board is expected to launch in late 2021 and will include 2 co-chairs and around 8-10 board members.
Join the Sustainability Early Careers Board
Join our community of highly engaged early career actuaries, with an interest in sustainability.
Joining the board will provide opportunities to develop your personal, professional, and leadership skills while growing your network across our profession.
If you are a student or early-career actuary, with a keen interest in sustainability issues or desire to pursue a career within the profession’s sustainability practice area, make a difference by joining the IFoA Sustainability Early Careers Board.
Vacancies are now advertised on our volunteer vacancies web page.
Further information for volunteers can be found in the Volunteer Information Pack (VIP).
Where can sustainability take your career?
You can find out more about getting more involved with sustainability and where sustainability can take your career in our sustainability careers blogs.
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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.
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 IFoA Policy Briefing 'Can we help consumers avoid running out of money in retirement' examined the benefits of blending a lifetime annuity with income drawdown. Panellists, including providers and advisers, will look at the market practicalities of taking the actuarial theory through into the core advice propositions used by IFAs and Fund Managers. They will share a number of practical issues such as investment consequences before and after retirement and the level of annuity that is appropriate and answer questions from the audience.
The IFoA is pleased to be hosting the Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, to deliver a speech on delivering policyholder protection in insurance regulation. The speech will be presented to an in-person audience, and simultaneously live-streamed. If you would like to watch the event online please visit the event page to book your place.
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?
Actuaries need to take action now - but how? With a focus on climate change, this session will provide informed insight to enable you to improve your knowledge and understanding of the issues involved, demonstrate how it will impact advice to your clients, and highlight prospective opportunities for actuaries within pensions and wider fields.
Pension scams have become more prevalent as a result of the pandemic, and Trustees have increased responsibilities to protect members, which means that actuaries need to be in a position to provide advice in this area. Our specialist panel will include a professional trustee, an IFA and head administrator, two of whom are members of PASA.
The Covid-19 pandemic creates a challenge for actuaries analysing experience data that includes mortality shocks. To address this we present a methodology for modelling portfolio mortality data that offers local flexibility in the time dimension. The approach permits the identification of seasonal variation, mortality shocks, and late-reported deaths. The methodology also allows actuaries to measure portfolio-specific mortality improvements. Results are given for a mature annuity portfolio in the UK
In this webinar, the authors of the 2021 Brian Hey prize winning paper present a new deep learning model called the LocalGLMnet. While deep learning models lead to very competitive regression models, often outperforming classical statistical models such as generalized linear models, the disadvantage is that deep learning solutions are difficult to interpret and explain, and variable selection is not easily possible.
The dominant underwriting approach is a mix between rule-based engines and traditional underwriting. Applications are first assessed by automated rule-based engines which typically are capable of processing only simple applications. The remaining applications are reviewed by underwriters or referred to the reinsurers. This research aims to construct predictive machine learning models for complicated applications that cannot be processed by rule-based engines.
With the Pension Schemes Act 2021 requiring a long term strategy from Trustees and sponsors, choosing a pensions endgame strategy has become even more critical. However, it is important that the endgame options available are adequately assessed before choosing one. With an ever-increasing array of creative and innovative options available, this decision may not be straightforward.