Actuarial students should join the Internet discussion list for ISU actuarial students actuary-l listserv, by sending a subscription (subscribe actuary-l) request to firstname.lastname@example.org, and to join Gamma Iota Sigma (student insurance society, actuarial students form our Actuarial Club within it). Remember, however, that passing actuarial examinations opens the doors to actuarial employment more effectively than anything else.
Our main employment event is called Meet the Firms, and it is held every Fall, late September or early October. More information is here.
Society of Actuaries provides a site with career tips at http://www.imageoftheactuary.org. There is also a Society of Actuaries Job Link at http://jobs.soa.org. Casualty Actuarial Society Career Center web site: http://careers.casact.org/home/index.cfm?site_id=2829. There is also this site with internship opportunities: http://www.casstudentcentral.org/internship-opportunities/.
Some advice on behavioral interview process is provided here.
Actuarial students seeking employment should work on developing business communication skills. We encourage our students to join Toastmasters International group at Illinois State University. Several of our actuarial classes allow and encouarage making oral and written presentations, do take advantage of such opportunities to enhance your communication skils. Note that some employers may ask you to make some form of presentaton or provide a writing sample during interviews.
While one does not have to be a professional programmmer to be an actuary, actuarial students should also work on developing their programming skills. For an entry-level job, it is very helpful to develop skills in Microsoft Excel (including writing macros with Visual Basic for Applications) and Microsoft Access. Risk classification, predictive modeling and statistical analysis in general, are best done in SAS software. Other programming skills may be useful as well. We suggest the following resources for developing these skills:
Students interested in using this resource should send a request for access to: email@example.com.