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Posted 12-13-2010 at 05:01 AM by TheMJ

So, after a master degree in physics, with extensive research on photonics and the enhancement of light emitting properties of Silicon, and 8 years of education work, I reached the point where one can say that s/he is among the top 3 managers of my company. It wasn't easy, but wasn't hard either, maybe it was my luck that put me in the right place on the right time, so I'm now the manager of quality assurance in charge of internal monitoring, KPIs and compliance.

Was it as good as it looked from below? NOPE
Even when I was a teacher, my most enjoyable moments were those during which I worked on data analyzing students' results and starting action plans. The same goes for my grad school, the best moments in my research involved data aquizition and visualization in order to analyze and conclude.

So here I am, where many of my colleagues would like to be, yet I'm not that happy two years in the management post now. Was it all bad? Of course not, there has been great learning opportunities working with people on top, but it's not the type of thing I want to do.
What shall I do? Go backwards in career? NOT A CHANCE, get a PhD and move to higher education? Not my kind of thing. And here comes the AHA moment. Since my company is involved in a huge contract with the government for educational reform, there should be some external auditors, and they were two nice gentlemen from Deloitte and Touche. We spent 14 hours going over each and every single document we had, and I enjoyed it. Had a nice chat with the guys afterwards, they are part of the "Risk Management" department, that sure got my attention and I started digging into it. Found out that the SOA offers the CERA designation, syllabus looks neat and solid, get in, start with exam P, do some searches around that and reach at www.BeAnActuary.com and the AO, where a wealth of information on actuaries exist.

This brings us to the current moment, started the whole thing looking for CERA credential, now determined to get FSA after that, and who knows what comes next.

My exam P is in January, will stop posting here until I (hopefully) pass and get back in action while starting on FM.
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