Throughout the year we will share articles specifically geared towards CAS Student Central Members. These articles are written by students, candidates, and members, and offer a variety of perspectives and insights on a range of topics including getting involved on campus, exam study tips, actuarial career guidance, and more!
If you have an idea for a future article, we would love to hear from you! Email CASstudentcentral@casact.org.
Making the Most of Your College Experience as an Actuarial Science Student
Starting your college education can be daunting for a variety of reasons. You’re introduced to a brand-new environment and exposed to endless new opportunities. When you add a tough line of study like actuarial science to the mix you can become overwhelmed pretty quickly. Some students avoid pursuing this major because they think they will » READ MORE
Being Out, Open and Proud in the Workplace
It was my junior year of college when I finally decided to text my best friend one night, “I’m gay.” Though it was a freeing experience, I knew I’d have more choices to make about coming out going forward. During my first internship, I really wanted to receive a fulltime offer that would help make » READ MORE
How to Stay up to Date on current Industry News!
In any profession, staying current with industry news is critical for career success. In my role as marketing and communications manager at the CAS, I work with insurance industry publications to place CAS members for media interviews. These same publications can be a useful tool for members of CAS Student Central to keep informed about » READ MORE
A Student’s Perspective on Succeeding in the Actuarial Profession
Jack Richards, a senior at Drake University, reflects on what drew him to actuarial science and the tools that helped him succeed both in school and landing his first job.
Land Your Next Actuarial Internship: Set Yourself Apart From the Competition
Application Season The application season for summer internships begins the preceding fall, typically starting in September and lasting until February. Highly competitive paid summer internships sometimes see deadlines as early as November. Acceptances generally begin rolling out in January, so it’s important not to wait until the last minute to apply. You don’t have to wait » READ MORE
Rating Variables: What They Are and Why They Matter
Accident History. Gender. Marital Status. Credit Score. What do these things have in common? They are all rating variables that an actuary might use to calculate your insurance premiums. The use of rating variables by actuaries and insurance companies is getting increased focus in state and federal legislative groups as well as in the media. » READ MORE
Making the Most of Your CAS Student Central Membership!
When I decided that I wanted to pursue actuarial science back in 2006, student resources were scarce and expensive. In fact, I was the one that told my professor that the first exam was no longer calculus (and hadn’t been since 1999). Now, thanks to CAS Student Central, there are tons of FREE resources out » READ MORE
Getting Involved Outside of Your University By Attending Insurance Conferences
Do you ever want to travel to cool places around the country? Do you want to meet and network with actuarial students from other universities? Do you want the opportunity to learn about insurance from seasoned industry professionals? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should keep reading to learn about some » READ MORE
Study Techniques – The Practice Exam
An important step in successfully preparing for an actuarial exam is taking practice exams. Before trying that first practice exam, it is important that you are fully prepared. You want to understand the material and have worked many practice problems. Here are some tips on getting the most out of your practice exams. First, you » READ MORE
Realizing My Dream – My Path to a Superpower Career
I’m an aspiring actuary and a college senior whose journey began in Mongolia where I grew up envisioning a future as a superhero. Let me take you back in time … to Mongolia. “Uugii, you’re too slow, the water is starting to spill and freeze into our hands. We need to go faster!” yelled my » READ MORE
New Year’s Resolutions for Aspiring Actuaries!
As the calendar turns to January and the holiday festivities end, perhaps you will raise a toast to 2019 and, like many of us, make resolutions for the New Year. Sure, like many others you may resolve to eat healthier and exercise more, but what about some resolutions for your actuarial career? When I was » READ MORE
Cybersecurity for Everyone
Cyber risks are ever-present in our day-to-day lives and they continue to grow rapidly. Hackers take advantage of constantly evolving technology to find new ways to access the private data of major companies. For companies, it is less expensive to invest in cybersecurity than it is to clean up after a data breach. Without adequate » READ MORE
How I Succeeded on My Path to Becoming an Actuary and How you Can too
We invited CAS member Carlo Lahura, ACAS, to share his advice on being a successful actuarial student. Carlo is an expert in this subject, as he was able to graduate with a 3.8/4.0 GPA, held five actuarial internships, served five terms as actuarial club president, and passed 7 actuarial exams, all while earning his university » READ MORE
How I landed my Internship, and How You Can Too!
Meet Wendy Guerrero, a current senior at DePaul University where she serves as Treasurer of the Actuarial Science Club. In her pursuit for an actuarial internship, Wendy realized that without exam experience, she’d need to come up with a game plan to stand out to prospective employers. Read along to find out how she landed » READ MORE
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