Year End Review: CAS Student Central Resources and Your Feedback

As we get ready to celebrate the holidays and enter a new year we’d like to reflect on the CAS Student Central resources made available to you this past year, as well as hear from you about what you enjoyed, found useful, and what you’d like to see more of in the coming year.

We started 2016 by inviting the experts at Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment to reveal What Sets a Strong Actuarial Resume Apart and asking a CAS member to share How Actuaries Stay Informed and Up-To-Date.

26.jpgIn February we were happy to announce that CAS would be taking part in Insurance Careers Month (now a Movement!) and we profiled up-and-coming millennial actuaries who are already making a name for themselves  in the insurance industry. This tied in perfectly with our spring semester webinar, The Entry-Level Job Market for Actuaries: What’s Hot, What’s Not, and How to Position Yourself for Success; a panel of industry professionals shared their thoughts, recruiting practices, and answered your questions to help you as you transition into your professional career.

19.jpgOver the course of 2016 our CAS Student Central social media presence expanded and we wanted to use it to reach you directly and answer questions you might have, so we hosted our first TweetChat with CAS Staff Actuary Rick Gorvett, which included advice on employment opportunities, what courses to take, and how drones and driverless cars will affect the industry.

This summer we introduced you to the 2016 CAS Trust Scholarship Winners to highlight their achievements and to encourage you to apply for the 2017-2018 CAS Trust Scholarship, now accepting applications.

60.jpgIn the fall, to help give you a broader look at the actuarial profession, we focused the CAS Student Central webinar on Catastrophe Modeling; Shawna Ackerman, FCAS, MAAA, and Chief Actuary at California Earthquake Authority introduced the fundamentals of catastrophe modeling and provided resources to help you learn more about this topic.

Last month we announced the release of CAS Case Competition Toolkits featuring guidance and templates to run your own case competition at your school. There are currently two cases, one on Auto Safety Features and another on Worker’s Compensation Reserving, and there are plans to make additional topics available.

And throughout the year Student Central members networked with CAS members at conferences and during CAS University Liaison campus visits.

Let us know what you enjoyed and which resources you found useful. Would you like more tips like How Coffee Can Make Your Career or How to Decide Between Two Job Offers? Did you enjoy some of the more creative takes on the actuarial profession such as Managing Pokémon Risk and A Haunting Actuarial Analysis? Share your feedback by leaving a comment below or emailing us at

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