Center of Actuarial Excellence Actuarial Science at Illinois State University
The LinkedIn group for our program is at: http://smartURL.it/ISUactuaryLinkedIn
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.
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 often done in SAS software or R 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.
All students who are interested in statistical analysis, predictive modeling, and related business applications of statistics, are strongly encouraged to participate in our annual Statistical Project Competition.
We also provide an online librtary of Case Studies/Projects that were created by our students.