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Forum: General Actuarial 06-25-2020, 07:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 838
Posted By Kalium
Agree that casual networking opportunities can be...

Agree that casual networking opportunities can be as valuable as the formal learning. At physical conferences a lot of it takes place simply because you are already there: coffee breaks between...
Forum: General Actuarial 06-23-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,914
Posted By Kalium
Although it doesn't the fit "all Fellows are...

Although it doesn't the fit "all Fellows are equal" dialogue of some people here, the IFoA has had a system of Practising Certificates for some years. This requires the demonstration, and ongoing...
Forum: General Actuarial 06-23-2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,914
Posted By Kalium
Now you are slightly changing the dialogue. You...

Now you are slightly changing the dialogue. You certainly have the chance to achieve senior, high-paid, positions, as opposed to dead-end jobs - see the real-life examples I quoted earlier. As with...
Forum: General Actuarial 06-22-2020, 07:50 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,357
Posted By Kalium
(Deliberately not replying on the thread on which...

(Deliberately not replying on the thread on which this was posted, to avoid these people diverting multiple threads away from sensible discussion).

What I said above, and stand by, is that people...
Forum: General Actuarial 06-22-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,914
Posted By Kalium
No, most of us are happy to accept that 'Fellow'...

No, most of us are happy to accept that 'Fellow' covers a whole variety of abilities, skills and attributes. Some passed every exam, some got exemptions, some got mutual recognition. Some are very...
Forum: General Actuarial 06-22-2020, 05:29 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,914
Posted By Kalium
As I pointed out in the other thread, this is not...

As I pointed out in the other thread, this is not true; there are a plenty of examples of people who gave gave up the exams part way through but went on to have highly successful careers. If...
Forum: General Actuarial 06-21-2020, 06:52 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,357
Posted By Kalium
Unfortunately for you, it is not fake news. Why...

Unfortunately for you, it is not fake news. Why do you think I quoted those particular roles? Could it perhaps be because they are all real-life examples... and only some of those that I know of....
Forum: General Actuarial 06-21-2020, 05:01 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,357
Posted By Kalium
As with any job, future prospects depend to a...

As with any job, future prospects depend to a large extent on ability. Better people can still rise to the top, while weaker ones fall away. The only actuarial jobs a non-Fellow is prevented from...
Forum: General Actuarial 06-20-2020, 05:42 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,914
Posted By Kalium
That's being (deliberately?) disingenuous. They...

That's being (deliberately?) disingenuous. They may get Fellowship in name, but are identified as FIA* in the membership directory. One reason for that asterisk is so that others, including...
Forum: General Actuarial 06-20-2020, 01:34 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,914
Posted By Kalium
And having FIA*, i.e. fellowship granted via...

And having FIA*, i.e. fellowship granted via mutual recognition, does not necessarily provide the same minimum floor. It probably will do for those from more rigourous exam backgrounds, like...
Forum: General Actuarial 06-18-2020, 04:50 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,914
Posted By Kalium
If AAE dues are based on the number of qualified...

If AAE dues are based on the number of qualified actuaries it shouldn't be surprising that IFoA want some changes. From the AAE website, at January 1 there were 29394 qualified actuaries in member...
Forum: General Actuarial 06-15-2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,053
Posted By Kalium
And you appear to be exaggerating the outcomes of...

And you appear to be exaggerating the outcomes of the various tribunals. Without having been through them all in detail, it looks to me that the only point on which the IFoA lost is that outlined by...
Forum: General Actuarial 06-14-2020, 05:51 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,839
Posted By Kalium
Why can't it be both? There are some significant...

Why can't it be both? There are some significant benefits, as well as some challenges, in moving to online exams, so things would probably have moved in that direction at some point anyway.
Forum: General Actuarial 06-14-2020, 08:20 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,839
Posted By Kalium
A legal challenge on those grounds would be a...

A legal challenge on those grounds would be a waste of time and money. All professions update their qualification routes every few years, and (almost) everyone accepts it to be a necessary and...
Forum: General Actuarial 06-13-2020, 05:54 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,839
Posted By Kalium
Correct. Which is exactly as it should be - it's...

Correct. Which is exactly as it should be - it's called progress!

If the "same thing" had to be tested every year, exams would still be in the style of 50 or 100 years ago.
Forum: Careers - Employment 06-12-2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,851
Posted By Kalium
If still studying, it is easy to ask something...

If still studying, it is easy to ask something like "I expect to be taking exams for the next [n] years, when are the peak work periods in the department?", implying that you appreciate there will be...
Forum: General Actuarial 05-28-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 857
Posted By Kalium
Data analysis is an interesting case. Analysis...

Data analysis is an interesting case. Analysis relating to insurance or pensions (say rates of claim, lapse, mortality, etc) is often classified by the profession, in the US and elsewhere, as...
Forum: Careers - Employment 05-27-2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,468
Posted By Kalium
Agree that at large/medium companies, by the time...

Agree that at large/medium companies, by the time you get the letter it is too late to change anything.

Just as with interviews, it may not be enough to be good; you have to be better than the...
Forum: General Actuarial 05-18-2020, 04:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,495
Posted By Kalium
I agree that medium-large companies, wherever...

I agree that medium-large companies, wherever they are, will usually have an agreed scale.

But the OP said he works in a "super-small consulting team (6-ish actuaries)", although it isn't clear if...
Forum: Careers - Employment 05-15-2020, 05:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,839
Posted By Kalium
Not control, just understanding. I was dropped...

Not control, just understanding. I was dropped in to take the place of a manager who was leaving, and didn't know the team, of around 15 with just 3-4 taking exams.

First 6 months behind a door. ...
Forum: Careers - Employment 05-14-2020, 05:22 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 11,289
Posted By Kalium
In the short term, yes: people can move to lower...

In the short term, yes: people can move to lower COL areas, and be better off.

But in the longer term, say 10 years, companies are not going to pay NYC salaries to people working in Asia or...
Forum: Careers - Employment 05-13-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 11,289
Posted By Kalium
If WFH really takes off the problem is not going...

If WFH really takes off the problem is not going to be someone in Idaho, but in SE Asia or Africa. :-(
Forum: General Actuarial 05-13-2020, 05:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,495
Posted By Kalium
Do you mean a $500 one-off bonus, or a $500...

Do you mean a $500 one-off bonus, or a $500 annual increase?

Comparisons can be difficult for small companies. Everyone's pay is probably determined individually, rather than following a company...
Forum: Careers - Employment 05-08-2020, 05:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,839
Posted By Kalium
Different country, different culture, but most of...

Different country, different culture, but most of my career has been in "open" offices. Perhaps 5% in a walled office with a door, 10% open with high partitions, and the rest with either no or low...
Forum: Careers - Employment 05-01-2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,820
Posted By Kalium
And with a lot of people now WFH, under very...

And with a lot of people now WFH, under very different circumstances, you want to mix their data in with the replies you had before. Got it. :)
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