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Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and Society of Actuaries (SOA) Host “Be an Actuary Month” to Introduce High School Students to the Actuarial Profession

Contacts:

Margaret Kerr
Casualty Actuarial Society
mkerr@casact.org

Amy Carpenter
Society of Actuaries
acarpenter@soa.org

February events coincide with national Insurance Careers Month

Arlington, Va. – The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and Society of Actuaries (SOA) have partnered to create four virtual events in February 2022, to inform high school students about the actuarial profession as a career choice. Held concurrently with national Insurance Careers Month, these free programs celebrate “Be an Actuary Month” and are designed to inspire students towards a math-related career path through interactive activities in a fun virtual environment. Credentialed actuaries and candidates are encouraged to volunteer for these events to share their experiences on why they became an actuary. The program will feature:

  • Presentations by practicing actuaries describing “What is an Actuary” and “Why am I an Actuary?”
  • An introduction into the concept of risk with real world examples, led by actuaries and actuarial students.
  • A competitive Kahoot math game with prizes for the winners!
  • A resource section for both students and teachers, including information on scholarships, college resources and more.

A primary goal of “Be an Actuary Month” is to reach high school students representing demographic groups currently under-represented as actuaries, as the CAS and SOA have a long history of partnering on initiatives designed to diversify the pipeline for actuarial talent. Recent research commissioned by CAS, SOA and other partners has shown that underrepresented groups lack awareness and exposure to the career until later in their college years or even after college. This puts them at a disadvantage in comparison to other students, and “Be an Actuary Month” is designed to help address this barrier to entry into the actuarial profession. The month-long series of events is an expansion of “Be an Actuary Day,” which the CAS and SOA first held for high school students in 2018.

“Be an Actuary Month” virtual events are funded jointly by the CAS and SOA, in coordination with other strategic partners, including The Actuarial Foundation, International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA), and the Organization of Latino Actuaries (OLA).

High school students, community college students, teachers and school counselors are welcome to sign up for any event. For more information on “Be an Actuary Month,” visit BeAnActuary.org/HSevents.

Event schedule (Eastern Standard Time):
Tues., Feb. 1  |  11:30 a.m. (45 min.) Register
Wed., Feb. 9  |  7 p.m. (60 min.) Register
Thurs., Feb 17  |  3 p.m. (45 min.) Register
Sat., Feb. 26  |  11:30 a.m. (60 min.) Register

Volunteer Registration: Register to volunteer for any of the four events.

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About the Casualty Actuarial Society
The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) is a leading international organization for credentialing and professional education. Founded in 1914, the CAS is the world’s only actuarial organization focused exclusively on property and casualty risks and serves over 9,000 members worldwide. Professionals educated by the Casualty Actuarial Society empower business and government to make well-informed strategic, financial, and operational decisions.

About the Society of Actuaries
With roots dating back to 1889, the Society of Actuaries (SOA) is the world’s largest actuarial professional organization with more than 32,000 actuaries as members. Through research and education, the SOA’s mission is to advance actuarial knowledge and to enhance the ability of actuaries to provide expert advice and relevant solutions for financial, business and societal challenges. The SOA’s vision is for actuaries to be the leading professionals in the measurement and management of risk.

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