If you haven’t started! Get started!
Where and how to meet/connect with people?
- Leverage people you know! Family friends, former colleagues, managers,
fellow members of social and professional groups.
- Meet new people at events i.e. networking events, club events
Prepare and practice your elevator pitch:
Area of study, school,
What are you looking for i.e. learning about the industry, the specialties tracks, obtain employment or about their company
What experience or skills you have
What interest you most, what will catch their attention?
Asking people for networking meeting or referral
I am interested in learning more about the profession. Would you be willing to spend 20-30 minutes to give me some input on the industry, what the work is like, career paths? or do you know someone you could introduce me to who could give me some input?
Prepare your questions to asking during the networking session.
Briefly cover your skills experience and interests
Explain your objectives
Tell me about the industry, your company
What was your career path?
What is the typical career path?
What type of work is done in an entry-level position?
What do you like most about being an actuary? What do you like the least
What do you think is the most important quality or attribute that contributed to your success?
What one piece of advice would you give to someone like me who wants to enter the industry?
Watch the time!
Don’t go over time. Once its approaching the time you can say “There’s 5 minutes left of our time, I can stay longer if you also have the time.”
Follow up session
Ask for referrals for more information
Send a thank you note or email within 24 hours, ask if they like to meet again.
Keep them inform about your status, especially if someone they connected you with help you.
Regally follow up
Wear business formal attire
Use a professional tone of voice!