CAS Membership Program for University Students Is Growing!
Earlier this year, the CAS introduced CAS Student Central, a membership program for university students. The program now has student members from nearly 200 schools worldwide and is expected to top 1,000 students during this fall semester. In case you haven’t heard, CAS Student Central provides university students with the tools and expertise to make the transition from the classroom to a career as a property/casualty actuary. Students who join gain access to exclusive resources available on the Student Central website (www.CASstudentcentral.org), as well as in a personalized online community featuring monthly blog posts, a discussion board, and calendar.
As an example of a resource accessible to Student Central members, the CAS recently released a Curriculum Guide developed to help students and faculty build a stronger understanding of the academic strengths, technical tools and business skills successful actuaries possess. Students can use the guide to identify experiences to seek out while in college to help prepare for a future career as an actuary, specifically while embarking on the path to earning actuarial credentials through the Casualty Actuarial Society. The CAS has also released a series of case study presentations available to student members covering the topics of probability, catastrophe modeling, warranties, liabilities, and auto insurance.
In addition to the resources available online, members of Student Central are excited about the invitations they are receiving to attend networking events. Over the past year, the CAS held four student programs at meetings and seminars, and more than 100 students participated.
You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea
By Kuda Chibanda, ACAS, Candidate Liaison Committee
I was clueless in college. The unfortunate part is, I didn’t even know just how clueless I was. Like other 20-year-old math nerds, I had spent ¾ of my life proving I could get the “right” answer. I had taken all the necessary calculus classes and picked a career that would allow me to spend the rest of my days happily getting the right answer. This year is the five year anniversary of my college graduation. Having gotten older (but only marginally wiser), I look back at my college years and reflect on the advice I would give to my younger self.
Many college students spend a lot of time hand-wringing about selecting their major; I was no different. From the time I was a sophomore, I constantly worried about the marketability of my major, even though I already knew I wanted to be an actuary and I was in the actuarial science program. In my experience, however, employers are more concerned with a high GPA in a quantitative major than they are in the semantics of mathematics vs. actuarial science as a major. Since beginning my career, I have neither felt
at a substantial advantage nor disadvantage by