Where and how to meet/connect with people
- Leverage people you know, e.g., family friends, former colleagues, managers, fellow members of social and professional groups.
- Meet new people at events, e.g., networking events, club events.
Prepare your elevator pitch
Practice talking about the following:
Your name, area of study, school
What you are looking for, e.g., learning about the industry or specialty tracks, obtaining employment, knowing about their company
What experience or skills you have
What interests you most
What will catch their attention
Ask 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, and career paths? Or say, “Do you know someone you could introduce me to who could give me some input?”
Prepare questions to ask during the networking session
What are your skills and interests?
What are your career objectives?
What is your company like? What is the industry you work in like?
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 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. You can say “There are 5 minutes left of our time, I can stay longer if you also have the time.”
Follow up session
Ask for referrals and for more information.
Send a thank you note or email within 24 hours and ask if they like to meet again.
Keep them informed about your status, especially if someone they connected you with helps you.
Wear business formal attire.
Use a professional tone of voice!