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Actuarial Journey podcast connects and empowers YOU and other aspiring actuaries to pass each of your exams the first time by sharing insights, lessons learned, and step-by-step tutorials from others who have been in their shoes. Come join us Journeyers as we go beyond the technical aspects of the profession and explore the best ways to stay motivated, build confidence, maximize your studying, and ultimately achieve success throughout your actuarial career, so that you have more TIME for the ...
 
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Time for some real talk... Some times it's really REALLY hard to find the motivation, the passion, the burning desire to keep moving forward on our journeys to success. Whether you're in a dip right now, just got out of a dip, or have yet to experience your first dip along this journey, this episode will be a guide to 3 principles that you can ...…
 
About Today's Guest Stephen Camilli, FSA, has been with ACTEX since September 2013 and is currently Vice President of Actuarial Publications and Content. He has taught mathematics at both the high school and university level. He has served as Director of International Risk for UNUM, working in Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Tokyo and has experienc ...…
 
About Today's Guest Nitya Shekar works in Learning & Development at AppNexus, designing and facilitating programs focused on “smart skills,” including emotional intelligence, team effectiveness, good management, and personal and professional growth. She is also a Co-Active coach currently getting her certification through the Coaches Training I ...…
 
THE WAIT IS OVER: INTRODUCING ACTUARIAL JOURNEY 2.0! Actuarial Journey is back and better than ever with Actuarial Journey 2.0 (AJ 2.0). Listen to this episode to get some insight into what you can expect from Actuarial Journey moving forward (all good things)! AJ 2.0 is dedicated to helping you TAKE ACTION, today and every day, along your actu ...…
 
Actuarial Journey Podcast will return in January 2016! However, there's still a lot of great podcasts (and now BLOGS) over on the Actuarial Journey website (www.actuarialjourney.com) IN THE MEANTIME, WE'LL BE ACTIVE IN THE FREE JOURNEYER COMMUNITY FOR ASPIRING ACTUARIES. Get your invitation before spots fill up: www.actuarialjourney.com/communi ...…
 
ACCOUNTABILITY CHECK-IN! This episode focuses on the ACCOUNTABILITY portion of Actuarial Journey's mission of providing Guidance, Support, and Accountability to aspiring actuaries. My question for you: Are you putting what you're learning here into action? Find out how you act on more of what you learn during today's episode Visit https://www.a ...…
 
Today's guest is Wendy Liu, FSA, the Head of Global Employee Benefits Solutions for Zurich Insurance. Wendy shares how she entered the actuarial field, provides insight on some of key areas she feels has led to her success, and also gives her take on the industry as it currently stands. By the end of the episode, you'll understand why you shoul ...…
 
Journeyers! It's been quite some time since we had some 1-on-1 time and, after having a great Journeyer Community Hangout this weekend, I wanted to take today to sit back and just chat with you all. Today, I want to share with you some of the top books that I recommend for your actuarial journey. These books all speak to some of our biggest foc ...…
 
Part 2 of the conversation with Viktor Antonius, ASA on How Well-Defined Goals Drive Success! About Today's Guest Viktor Antonius is a health actuary at a consulting firm in Philadelphia. He has three years of consulting experience and has worked on a variety of assignments including: health care reform projections, retiree health care strategy ...…
 
Part 1 of the conversation with Viktor Antonius, ASA on How Well-Defined Goals Drive Success! About Today's Guest Viktor Antonius is a health actuary at a consulting firm in Philadelphia. He has three years of consulting experience and has worked on a variety of assignments including: health care reform projections, retiree health care strategy ...…
 
Part 2 of the conversation with Alex Barker on Making Success Habits stick ! About Today's Guest Alex Barker is the chief life alchemist at 66DayExperiment.com. He experiments on his life and business, like reading a book a day, or making healthy habits stick. By day a pharmacist, by night a hero to his 2 daughters and wife. His mission is to h ...…
 
Part 1 of the conversation with Alex Barker on Making Success Habits stick ! About Today's Guest Alex Barker is the chief life alchemist at 66DayExperiment.com. He experiments on his life and business, like reading a book a day, or making healthy habits stick. By day a pharmacist, by night a hero to his 2 daughters and wife. His mission is to h ...…
 
Part 2 of the conversation with Sandy Donovan on Effective Communication! Effective communication continually in noted as a key business skill for success as an actuary. Today, we'll learn from someone who helps others become more effective with thier communication and ultiimately get more of what they want! About Today's Guest Sandy Donovan is ...…
 
Effective communication continually in noted as a key business skill for success as an actuary. Today, we'll learn from someone who helps others become more effective with thier communication and ultiimately get more of what they want! About Today's Guest Sandy Donovan is a Keynote Consultant and owner of Clearly Influential where she helps sma ...…
 
Ever wonder how an exam question came to be? Why are they so hard? Who dreams up what they should be? Today, we're continuing our conversation with John Popiolek who shares his experiences as an actuarial exam grader and writer. While he's not speaking on behalf of his employer or the SOA/CAS, his insight is something many Journeyers will find ...…
 
About Today's Guest John Popiolek has been a pension actuarial consultant since 1987. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and after completing his FSA has served as an exam writer and grader. He lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with his wife and daughter. Visit http://www.actuarialjourney.com/johnpopiolek or www.actuarialjourney.com/48 for the s ...…
 
Let's continue our conversation with Aman Jetha as he shows us how building relationships looks like in action.In the prior episode, we heard all about Aman's Actuarial Journey. This episode, he'll share his tips and experiences building relationships and being a part of actuarial communities and how he went about doing that. Visit https:/www.a ...…
 
Looking to understand how building relationships looks like in action? Aman Jetha shares how building relationships has helped lead in to success in today's interviews. Visit www.actuarialjourney.com/amanjetha or www.actuarialjourney.com/46 for the session highlights and accompanying resources. About Today's Guest Aman is an actuarial "boomeran ...…
 
The other day, I was talking to two friends who recently changed careers to become actuaries. We were discussing how they actually got their jobs (one full time and the other internship) though they did not start down the actuarial path right after undergrad. The answer was the same for both of them – building relationships from informational c ...…
 
Effective Communication is the ultimate purpose for gaining and strengthening your communication skills. At it's core, effective communication is any way that you communicate where the intended audience understands the indended message. This episode focuses on 3 Key Principles for Effective Communication that will help you along your Actuarial ...…
 
Communication skills represent a skillset that actuarial companies are looking for the employees at all levels to develop further. At Actuarial Journey, our focus is on Communicating Effectively, and developing and applying the communication and other business skills that allow for that. To accomplish that though, we need to make sure we're sta ...…
 
Today, we'll discuss how actuaries and aspiring actuaries can go about developing business skills at work, school, and in their extracurriculars. Download the Business Skills Development Cheat Sheet that capture some ways you can build and demostrate your business skills. We're even added a few more examples as a bonus. Just click this link, ht ...…
 
“Business skills” are often brought up as something that actuaries need to have in order to be successful. The question is: What business skills matter for actuaries? This was laid out in the Actuarial Talent: Supply and Demand Study that was performed by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by the Society of Actuaries (SOA), Casual ...…
 
Today, I share the top lessons I picked up from the job hunt during my career change that apply universally. Whether you’re considering becoming an actuary or curious about what else you can apply your actuarial background to in your career, this episode is sure to deliver value. Let’s do this! Visit http://www.actuarialjourney.com/40 for the s ...…
 
It's been a while since the last episode of Actuarial Journey, but it's back and better than before! Take a listen to this episode as Nemo Ashong shares what led to this break, and what steps you can take as you study for actuarial exams and apply for entry-level actuarial jobs to avoid losing momentum. Visit http://www.actuarialjourney.com/39 ...…
 
Passing exams while working can be difficult, but it's also one of the most consistent realities of pursuing your actuarial credentials. Whether your Actuarial Journey takes you down the path of Life, Health, Pension, Property and Casualty (P&C) or Reinsurance actuary, being able to maximize your study days and the actuarial study program your ...…
 
Feeling overwhelmed seems to come with the territory of making any major change in life and pursing any major calling. As we know, the Actuarial Journey is a marathon, not a sprint, and sometimes the volume of what we need to do for work, fitness, family, and fun can feel a bit much. It happens to us all along our journey, whether you're applyi ...…
 
Wondering how to become an actuary? Mitch Baidinger breaks down the barriers by sharing how being proactive and building a network of actuaries cleared the way for him start his journey as an actuary. Want notes? Visit http://www.actuarialjourney.com/mitch or http://www.actuarialjourney.com/36 for the session highlights and accompanying resourc ...…
 
Building Actuarial Journey has had many parallels to my actual exam experience. So, given that connection, and since I like to keep things real with you Journeyers, in this episode, I share some of the lessons that I’ve learned from working on Actuarial Journey and working with you Journeyers. It’s definitely a raw look into this experience. Do ...…
 
Welcome to PART 2 of our discussion on Actuarial Study Groups! We'll be building on the last lesson by focusing on how you can actually form and structure your own study group. I've seen people attempt this on various forums and I'll share with you how you can better ensure a successful study group on today's episode. Want notes? Interested in ...…
 
Today we’re going to discuss an under-utilized study resource that is readily available for each of your journeyers. This resource is ideal for Journeyers who: • Desire cost- effective and time-effective ways to study • Find themselves getting stuck in their understanding of the material and spending way too long trying to figure things out • S ...…
 
The insightful conclusion to our 2-part conversation with Actuary Exam Tutor.com. In Part 1, we focused on the journeys of two key people at Actuary Exam Tutor.com - Howard Heller, President and Dr. Geoff Apel, Instructor. Here in part 2, we're shifting the focus onto YOUR Journey with actionable advice and strategies you can implement into you ...…
 
You're in for a treat Journeyers. Over the next 2 episodes, you'd get an inside look into the journey of two people offering help to aspiring actuaries - Howard Heller, President of Actuary Exam Tutor.com and Dr. Geoff Apel, a key instructor there. In Part 1, we'll focus on their Journey and in part 2, shift the focus onto your Journey. Let's D ...…
 
Building on part 1, you’ll discover a step-by-step process to get all your studying done and still have some semblance of a work/life balance for all of you busy journeyers out there Want notes? Visit http://www.actuarialjourney.com/30 for the session highlights and accompanying resources. **Destination of Today’s Journey** After this episode, ...…
 
Let’s face it – it’s really hard balancing studying for exams with all the things we have going on in our lives. We have so many roles that we play, so many tasks that we need to perform, and so many people depending on us that often times, it’s a major struggle to feel like there’s any semblance of a balance while studying. The next few episod ...…
 
This is the 3rd installment in the series all about the 2nd Smartcut: Your Approach. Have you ever studied really hard for an exam and then let your nerves keep you from passing on the day of the actual exam? Unforuntately, I think this happans all too often. That’s why over the next two lessons we focused on Building Confidence for your Exam D ...…
 
This is the 2nd installment in the mini-series all about the 2nd Smartcut: Your Approach. Have you ever studied really hard for an exam and then let your nerves keep you from passing on the day of the actual exam? Unforuntately, I think this happans all too often. That’s why over the next two lessons we’re going to focus on Building Confidence ...…
 
Finding time to study for actuarial exams is difficult! Steve Schwartz shares the insights that he's learned from helping students pass the LSATs to help Journeyers block off the time they need to pass! Want notes? Visit http://www.actuarialjourney.com/steveschwartz or http://www.actuarialjourney.com/26 for the session highlights and accompanyi ...…
 
This is the 1st installment in the mini-series all about the 2nd Smartcut: Your Approach. Are you unsure of what topics you need to study and when you need to do it? Do you want to feel more prepared going into each exam? Today's session focuses on 3 things that you can start doing to help you better structure your studying. Want notes? Visit h ...…
 
We’re changing things up today as we’re joined by Deb Model, a former actuarial recruiter. Deb answers some of the most asked questions regarding getting an entry-level actuarial position and shares some valuable tips and strategies for Journeyers to keep in mind. Visit http://www.actuarialjourney.com/debmodel or http://www.actuarialjourney.com ...…
 
The actuarial profession is full of assumptions. We’re constantly using these assumptions to value future outcomes and put a price tag on risk Today I’d like to share 3 assumptions that you might not even realize that can put your chance to pass your next exam at risk. And how you can deliberately avoid each of these to lower the variance on yo ...…
 
Want notes? Visit http://www.actuarialjourney.com/22 for the the session highlights and accompanying resources. One thing that I really want to help people do is live a balanced and fulfilled life while studying for their exams. The Personalized Study Roadmap is the best way I know how to help Journeyers schedule their studying without it inter ...…
 
Want notes? Visit http://www.actuarialjourney.com/21 for the the session highlights and accompanying resources. Have you found yourself feeling behind in studying without really being able to pinpoint the reason? How did you fall behind – you had such a good game plan and you had reasonable goals. Well, that’s the subject of today’s session, un ...…
 
Kate Weaver shares how organization is at the core of her succes as Executive Director of the International Association of Black Actuaries. Visit http://www.actuarialjourney.com/kateweaver now to get all of the show highlights instantly! Key highlights: Don't let work pile up - take care of business and cross things off your list The 2015 IABA ...…
 
Want notes? Visit http://www.actuarialjourney.com/19 for the the session highlights and accompanying resources. Have you ever found yourself studying for hours and only to realize that not only have you been staring at the same question for 10 minutes, but you can hardly remember what you just finished reading? This lesson addresses the assumpt ...…
 
The Journey Continues in this actionable conversation with Nick Blitterswyk, Founder and CEO of UGE International. Make sure to listen out for the new format where Nick shares specific tips, insights, and strategies related to his expertise: How to leverage the skills you develop on your journey outside of the actuarial world! Visit http://www. ...…
 
Want notes? Visit http://www.actuarialjourney.com/17 for the the session highlights and accompanying resources. Having the time and motivation to study given all the other things in our lives are two of the biggest roadblocks that you face as an aspiring actuary. This lesson puts a focus on why you may be having trouble studying when you say yo ...…
 
The Journey Continues in this actionable coversation with Nancy Stevenson, Operations Manager of the Actuarial Bookstore. Make sure to listen out for the new format where Nancy shares specific tips, insights, and strategies related to her expertise: Choosing the RIGHT Study materails for you! Visit http://www.actuarialjourney.com/nancystevenson ...…
 
On today's episode, we introduce the series on the 3 Time -Saving Smartcuts to maximize your studying. The fact of the matter is that we need to study (a lot) for these actuarial exams. In this episode, I share my personal experience with exams and the 3 key strategies I wish I had a better handle on earlier in my journey. Want more help with y ...…
 
Visit http://www.actuarialjourney.com/nickthornley and get all of the show highlights, and FREE and INSTANT ACCESS to any Videos, Worksheets, and tools that accompany this episode. Nick Thornley has degrees in computer science from Vanderbilt University and a masters in mathematics from University of Texas at Austin. Nick has worked at several ...…
 
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