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.
This academic year, Student Central members will be invited to five CAS meetings and seminars, offering student attendees an opportunity to learn about the latest actuarial industry topics, network with practicing actuaries, and participate in both regular seminar sessions and student-specific sessions. The first two student programs will take place during the fall semester with the Casualty Loss Reserve Seminar in September in San Diego, and the Centennial Celebration and Annual Meeting in November in New York City.
The spring semester programs will be held at the Ratemaking and Product Management Seminar near Dallas in March, the Spring Meeting in Colorado Springs in May, and the Seminar on Reinsurance in Philadelphia in June. The CAS will also hold webinars for students during the fall and spring semesters.
You can expect to hear about more resources and activities this upcoming year as the CAS Student Central community continues to grow. University students interested in becoming members of CAS Student Central can join online at www.CASstudentcentral.org.