• Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to run the Drake 1/2 marathon. One benefit of long distance running is “undistracted” thinking. I’m 52, so my peak running days are in the distant past. But,this run was one of my most rewarding runs. Ironically, I wasn’t well prepared for the run. For me, running in the…

  • This is the opportunity for you to hone your skills, build resumes, network with professionals, and increase chances for a second internship or even a full time position! Use this opportunity as a way to start developing yourself as a professional who delivers quality work. It could lead to recommendations, business relationships and more! Do…

  • I was excited to go to the Iowa Actuaries Club for the second time. I first heard about the club when it came up in a google search for a social networking site for actuaries. After passing the FM exam, I was admitted into the club by my academic adviser from college. The first time…

  • Dreams don’t become reality at the speed of light. When it comes to careers, most of us start with a dream, but we realize soon enough that real career is not just about what we want to be but also about what we can do. My journey to becoming an actuary wasn’t a straight path….

  • The path to becoming an actuary is about as complicated as it gets. Being able to understand the many details and steps required to get a job is complicated in itself. Then after you’ve received a job, there are many more steps you have to take to become distinguished in the field. The best thing…

  • It was the beginning of the fall semester of my sophomore year. I had just read a blog about the best ways to get an actuarial internship. This was my dream! I was inspired. I was determined. I was going to get the big internship away from home I always dreamed of! The next few…

  • If I were to write a list under the heading “Things I Wish I Mastered in School,” Excel would be surprisingly close to the top. Most of us are familiar with at least one or more Microsoft Office products. We probably consider ourselves Word experts after writing tons of essays and reports in school, and…

  • Sooner or later in your career path you may come across an employer who will ask you for a phone interview! Don’t think it’s any easier than a regular interview! You may have multiple phone calls during the interview process; this is their way to assess your speaking abilities, presentation skills and business acumens. You…

  • We can all agree that a big part of career success is networking. 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…

  • Falling into an internship is a tough process. A company posts an ad on the internet and within hours they get hundreds of applications. I must have applied to countless internship opportunities until I finally got an email back from a company that wanted to conduct an interview. Every company is different when it comes to…