On Monday, November 4, students from the Actuarial Science Club and Risk Management and Insurance Society had the opportunity to meet with employers from the Co-Curricular Learning Board (CCLB) companies, including American Family, CUNA Mutual Group, Milliman, Swiss Re, and Travelers, to learn about different ways to use their majors. There were representatives in traditional roles as actuaries and underwriters, and others such as data scientists, managers, state product directors, and business analytics. Of the 18 company representatives, students chose 4 different 15-minute sessions to attend. When the sessions were done, students had the opportunity to have dinner with a company representative.
Overall, this was a very positive experience for me. I am a first-semester Actuarial Capstone student. I know I want to be an actuary. However, when people ask what I want to do as an actuary, I am unable to answer the question. Although I still do not know which path I want to go, this was a great start to figuring it out. I was able to attend sessions with people who have the following positions: competitive intelligence analyst, health actuary, property and casualty actuary, and claims performance advisor. Although all 4 sessions were very interesting, I was most drawn to the actuarial roles confirming my desire to be an actuary.
For me, one of the best parts of the evening was dinner. I always enjoy free food, but that was not what made it great. I was able to talk to a data scientist about CUNA Mutual Group as a company and hear more about the day-to-day work. This was beneficial even though data science is not what I am looking to do. Of all the sessions that I attended, I most enjoyed talking to the presenters to learn more about the field.
Through this experience, I was able to hear from people on their journey to become an actuary and how they ended up choosing between Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actuarial Society. This helped me to realize that I do not have to decide yet, and attending more events can only help my decision process.