Get Excited for the Young Actuaries Conference!

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2017 Young Actu­ar­ies Con­fer­ence is designed to help young actu­ar­ies “Get the Edge” in their career.  The con­fer­ence aims to shed light on spe­cif­ic skills young actu­ar­ies need to adapt and build a suc­cess­ful and pur­pose­ful career. Vic­to­ria Gao reports.

With­in the con­fer­ence, there are a num­ber of inter­est­ing ple­nary ses­sions, pre­sent­ed by a num­ber of influ­en­tial actu­ar­ies.

These ses­sions will cov­er top­ics includ­ing:

  • Effec­tive Com­mu­ni­ca­tion
  • Actu­ar­ies abroad
  • The chang­ing role of actu­ar­ies
  • Cul­tur­al Diver­si­ty
  • Strate­gic think­ing
  • Build­ing your per­son­al brand

In par­tic­u­lar, I find two of the ses­sions par­tic­u­lar­ly val­ue adding to young actu­ar­ies:

Building your personal Brand

Your brand is your rep­u­ta­tion. It is what you are known for and how peo­ple expe­ri­ence you. Deliv­er­ing your brand clear­ly and con­sis­tent­ly will cre­ate a pos­i­tive asso­ci­a­tion in the minds of those you inter­act with and can open doors to new oppor­tu­ni­ties.

Per­son­al brand­ing is becom­ing increas­ing­ly impor­tant because mod­ern audi­ences tend to trust peo­ple and per­son­al rec­om­men­da­tions. When I first start­ed work, one of the most valu­able piece of advice I received was to devel­op my own per­son­al brand. Brand­ing isn’t about fit­ting your­self into an ide­al “mould” – it’s about under­stand­ing who you are and pro­mot­ing what you offer.

At the Young Actu­ar­ies Con­fer­ence, it’s the per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ty to gain insight into this through our indus­try lead­ing ple­nary speak­ers.

Strategic Thinking

Strate­gic think­ing is a core skill to devel­op for young Actu­ar­ies. Often, young Actu­ar­ies get expo­sure to the tech­ni­cal side in their day-to-day job but have lit­tle oppor­tu­ni­ty to sup­port the strat­e­gy of the busi­ness. Despite being an Actu­ary, I was lucky enough to work in a Strat­e­gy team at a lead­ing Life Insur­er. This expe­ri­ence allowed me to devel­op a high-lev­el, for­ward-look­ing way of think­ing that I think is invalu­able to every­one.  At the Young Actu­ar­ies Con­fer­ence, there is a ses­sion that focus­es on ways you can get involved in sup­port­ing the strat­e­gy of the busi­ness, and how you can build your per­son­al emi­nence, even at a more junior lev­el.

If you are a young actu­ary, I’d def­i­nite­ly encour­age you to attend this ses­sion, not only as a learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty – but also as a great way to meet a vari­ety of peo­ple with­in the indus­try.

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About the author

Victoria Gao

Victoria is an Assistant Product Analytics Manager in the Institutional Banking arm of CBA. She has previously worked in Life insurance, Superannuation & Investments and Strategy. At the Actuaries Institute, she is an Editor in Actuaries Digital and also on the organising committee of YAPCON 2017.

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