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Old 08-08-2014, 06:22 PM
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I am a college student studying mathematics to become an actuary. I have a couple of questions, some of which you might consider "dumb", but I hope you can at least give me patience.

1. Would you recommend graduate school, say in mathematics or statistics to help find employment? Do you think the money I would spend in a graduate program would pay off in terms of giving me an edge in finding actuarial employment?

Or what if I got most of my tuition paid for by being a graduate TA...would it still be worth my time, or are graduate degrees generally not efficient in terms of boosting employment prospects?

2. I recently was offered a position as an RA. I am already an undergraduate TA. This is a question that is possibly dumb, but I was wondering how much resume value you think being an RA would add?

I may have more questions that come to mind later that I'll add. Thanks to anyone who provides good information.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:24 PM
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1. To work as an actuary, no. For certain other jobs, yes.
2. What's an RA? Is that the narc in the dorm? If so, no one cares.
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1. No, you don't need grad school to find an EL job. Some would even discourage it unless you plan on going into academia or some kind of think tank, which isn't traditional actuarial employment.

2. Being an RA is of marginal interest but otherwise won't improve your hireability. At best it might demonstrate you're not a social outcast. You save a lot of money though, I'd do it.
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1. To work as an actuary, no. For certain other jobs, yes.
2. What's an RA? Is that the narc in the dorm? If so, no one cares.
Is that how you spell narc? I thought it was with a k.
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It 's based on the word narcotics.
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Well to be honest, money is not really that much of an issue for me in terms of paying rent, etc. The only reason I would choose the RA position is if it had significant resume value for me. Considering that my work history is practically empty (besides the TA position I'm about to start, minimal volunteer work and a month long job at Burger King) would you change your mind on that subject?
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Well to be honest, money is not really that much of an issue for me in terms of paying rent, etc. The only reason I would choose the RA position is if it had significant resume value for me. Considering that my work history is practically empty (besides the TA position I'm about to start, minimal volunteer work and a month long job at Burger King) would you change your mind on that subject?
Something is better than absolutely nothing, but an RA job adds almost no value unless you can demonstrate you had significant, meaningful responsibility (not BS).

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Being an RA could be considered leadership experience depending on what you do and how you present it on your resume/during an interview.
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When you say RA, do you mean resident assistant or research assistant? I immediately thought of the latter, but most here are interpreting it as the former.
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