1. I believe teaching is one of the most noble professions. Teachers have an enormous impact on students’ lives, hopefully for the better. Tong Teh and I have the opportunity to teach at Drake this Spring as adjunct professors. So, I’m interested in your feedback, on what makes a good actuarial professor? Please provide any feedback…

  2. Successful vacation planning Taking vacations sounds easy and simple, but rarely is. I’ll just focus on how to manage communication at work. First, make sure you know your company policy on who you need to inform. Managers, HR etc. are likely on the list. They likely have a plan to make sure that it is…

  3. This morning when I was showering, I started thinking about the reality of being an actuary. Just recently I painted my first picture since grade school (with great help from my cousin Jill!). I’m sure it wasn’t anything special as far as paintings go, but I felt good about it considering my complete lack of…

  4. Are you an actuary or an actuary in training and need a leadership boost? In many respects, I see myself as a typical actuary. Compared to other actuaries, I don’t think I have any special natural gifts that set me apart for leadership. Despite feeling very average, I find myself having significant leadership opportunities and…

  5. We just celebrated 20 years educating actuaries and solving actuarial problems. The celebration was an open house where colleagues in our community celebrated the 20 years as well as a new office. Many of you are familiar with our company Coaching Actuaries. Some may not realize we started 20 years ago as SALT Solutions. If…

  6. I and two of my staff just returned from a 1 1/4 day conference at the 3rd annual Midwest Actuarial Student Conference (MASC) hosted at the University of Michigan. As far as my staff could determine, the conference was organized by Roger Natarajan and the student leadership team. I was impressed at the quality of…

  7. We have been planning to enter upper level actuarial exam for years. We are excited to announce that Adapt CAS 5 has been released!  While CAS 5 is not multiple-choice, many students have requested Adapt for upper level exams. The idea is Adapt’s adaptive testing tool can still give you questions based on your difficulty…

  8. The cool career choice these days is becoming an actuary. We’re traditionally ranked as one of the top career opportunities. Actuaries have a rigorous exam process to identify top candidates. We are at the leading edge of financial engineering.  I am approaching 30 years as an actuary, the last 20 running my own business. Recently,…

  9. There can be a lot of routine at work.  But, for those who have been at their current job for awhile, recall where you were at 1 year or 3 years ago. Sure, you may spend a lot of time working on the same project, but make sure not to view your work as routine. Instead, view it…

  10. You celebrated Friday at the office by ordering pizza for lunch but couldn’t quite eat the entire pizza yourself. It would be a great weekend snack so you plan to take it home. If you are like me, there is risk. The risk is that you will forget. Forgetting the pizza would be regretted during…