Yes, I am an actuary

For those who don’t know, the title is a play-on from the favourite phrase for actuarial students. When referred to as “actuaries”, they say “No, I am not an actuary”. This is because the Institute of Actuaries of Australia’s practice of only allowing those who are Fellows to call themselves actuaries.

As of Tuesday 28 February 2006, I am an actuary. This was after four years of university, three years of specialist Part III Courses, two days of the Professionalism Course, and one night attending the thoroughly enjoyable Presidential Dinner. And I can confirm that actuaries do dance.

The first thing I had to do after becoming an actuary was to explain to the taxi driver on the way home what an actuary does. I am sure that this is familiar to all actuaries.


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