Actuarial Students Sprint Ahead with new Student App

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The Actu­ar­ies Insti­tute has this week launched  a new App ‘Actu­ar­i­al Sprint’ offer­ing actu­ar­i­al stu­dents a plat­form to get news, updates and media tai­lored to their inter­ests as well as share expe­ri­ences, pose ques­tions and get answers through the dis­cus­sion forum. 

Actu­ar­i­al Sprint went live this week and is avail­able to all iPhone and iPad users.  It has been in final devel­op­ment and test­ing stages since Octo­ber 2016.

Deliv­ery of the App is a key action item (4.5) from Goal 2 of the Institute’s 2015 – 2017 Strate­gic Plan - Improve Mem­ber and Stu­dent Engage­ment.

Mark Nel­son, Soft­ware Devel­op­er at Insti­tute HQ led the devel­op­ment of the App and over­saw beta test­ing with a stu­dent focus group and HQ team mem­bers.  “The focus group ses­sions were invalu­able for gaug­ing demand, shap­ing ideas and fix­ing bugs. They returned many more ideas than we could fit into ver­sion 1.0.” said Mark.

What’s in it for students?

  • Get news, updates and media tai­lored to your inter­ests.
  • Watch actu­ar­ies talk­ing about the pro­fes­sion and why they love it.
  • Find out about actu­ar­i­al roles.
  • Join dis­cus­sions and con­nect with oth­er actu­ar­i­al stu­dents.

 

Stu­dents just need to set up a pro­file spec­i­fy­ing their inter­ests to make sure the info they receive is tai­lored to their inter­ests.  “We want­ed to pro­vide a tool to help younger stu­dents find out what it’s like to take the jour­ney to becom­ing an actu­ary, and to be able to find answers to real world ques­tions relat­ing to their future careers,” said Mark.

While study­ing it’s hard to know what day-to-day work­ing life is like for a qual­i­fied actu­ary. We’re aim­ing to pro­vide rel­e­vant infor­ma­tion which will assist and hope­ful­ly reas­sure stu­dents.  A big part of this is giv­ing stu­dents a plat­form to share expe­ri­ences with their peers across the coun­try and over­seas.”

An Android ver­sion of the App is cur­rent­ly in ear­ly devel­op­ment stages – watch this space for details of when it will be launched.

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Katrina McFadyen

Katrina is Head of Communications and Marketing at the Actuaries Institute.

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