CAS Profile: Kinsey Turk

Name of college/university attended: Arizona State University 

Current employer/job title: Allstate, Actuarial Analyst  

Why would you recommend a career in the insurance industry to current college students?
When I first started, one of the things that surprised me most was the strong sense of community present in the insurance industry. The amount of support and resources out there for college students is, in my opinion, unparalleled to any other industry. 

Why did you become an actuary?
When I was a student, I had three main criteria I was looking for in a career: I wanted to use advanced mathematics in a role that was not education or engineering related, I wanted my career to grow with me and offer a continuous challenge no matter my years of experience, and lastly, I didn’t want my job to take first priority over my personal life. Becoming an actuary ticked all those boxes! 

What drew you to a career in property and casualty insurance?
I was attracted to the P&C side of insurance because of the flexibility it could offer. There are so many areas within the industry that can be explored; it is very difficult to get bored or caught up in the repetition of things. 

What can students do now to prepare for a career in the industry?
Learn a programming language! Computer sciences was not my favorite class in college, but I am so thankful I had it. Having a programming language on your resume will help distinguish you and give you a head start in whatever 1st job you get! 


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