Actuaries' Survival Guide: How to Succeed in One of the Most Desirable Professions / Edition 1

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This unique book is a guide for students and graduates of mathematics, statistics, economics, finance, and other number-based disciplines contemplating a career in actuarial science. Given the comprehensive range of the cases that are analyzed in the book, the Actuaries' Survival Guide can serve as a companion to existing study material for all courses designed to prepare students for actuarial examinations.

• Based on the curricula and examinations of the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS)
• Presents an overview of career options and details on employment in different industries
• Provides a link between theory and practice; helps readers gain the qualitative and quantitative skills and knowledge required to succeed in actuarial exams
• Includes insights from over 50 actuaries and actuarial students
• Written by Fred Szabo, who has directed the actuarial co-op program at Concordia University for over ten years

Audience: Actuarial mathematics students, career-minded students in courses such as macroeconomics, microeconomics, finance, and business, and for beginning professionals who are interested in career alternatives.

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Editorial Reviews

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" I found this material to be the most helpful thing for anyone contemplating an Actuarial. Profession. The early material motivates and familiarizes a person with the profession in a casual but real way. The middle material gives a person the tools to plan and attack a program to pass the exams. The latter part of the book gives great guidance on job opportunities...Bravo to both the book's concept and realization".
Murray Lieb, New Jersey Institute of Technology

"The book is extremely well written. Actuaries need good communication skills and this book provides an excellent example of such skills at work.
Charles Moore, Kansas State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780126801460
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 711,976
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Author of:
The Linear Algebra Survival Guide, 1st Edition
Actuaries' Survival Guide, 2nd Edition
Actuaries' Survival Guide, 1st Edition
Linear Algebra: An Introduction using Maple, 1st Edition
Linear Algebra: An Introduction using Mathematica, 1st Edition

Fred E. Szabo is professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Concordia University in Canada. He completed his undergraduate studies at Oxford University under the guidance of Sir Michael Dummett and received a Ph.D. in mathematics from McGill University under the supervision of Joachim Lambek. After postdoctoral studies at Oxford University and visiting professorships at several European universities, he returned to Concordia University as a faculty member and dean of graduate studies. For more than twenty years, he developed methods for the teaching of mathematics with technology. In 2012 he was honored at the annual Wolfram Technology Conference for his work on "A New Kind of Learning" with a Wolfram Innovator Award. He is currently professor and Provost Fellow at Concordia University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2004

    Wonderful book for the people who want to be professional actuaries

    I have been searching with my students for a good book explaining challenges of the actuaries¿ job and the way to it. I could not find anything that would guide my students and help them in making an informed decision. Finally, I got Actuaries ¿ Survival Guide by Fred Szabo. I wish to share some of my thoughts with potential readers. The book should be considered as good guide for people who want to pursue their career as actuaries. It shows step by step challenges as well as opportunities of this job. Most of my students after reading this book were able to say if this is really the job they want or not. For all of them it was quite clear what are the demands and if they are able to fulfill them. Let me comment on the selection of topics. The content of the book is organized in a very logical way. It is as complete as it could be possible. We learn what is the actuarial job, what skills we need for it, types of accreditation, what education we must go through, how to start and continue an actuarial professional career. It would be important to mention the style of the book. At first sight it is very unusual. Large parts of the book are written in Q&A style. I have been thinking a while why Fred Szabo decided to choose just this style instead of something more conventional. Finally, I understood that this book written in traditional style of narration could be very difficult to read. Writing it in the form of questions and answers Fred is taking away this difficulty and forces his readers to concentrate on one topic at a time. There is another advantage to this approach. I guess, some of my students could never even think about problems that are mentioned in Fred¿s questions. For most of them reading these questions was quite a good lesson. Finally, we should look into answers. Who replied to these questions and how? It is evident that most of the answers were given by experienced actuaries. This book is not the knowledge of a single person; it is the wisdom of many top level professionals. As a scientist and author I admire the amount of work done in researching and writing this book. I admire the professionalism of Fred Szabo. In conclusion I would like to say that this is a wonderful book written in a professional way for the people who wish to be professionals in one of the most difficult professions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2005

    Good for those, who on the ladder of chosing profession

    The only reason I gave 4 stars is because this is not actually a book. It is a survey of 100+ actuaries. It contains questions and answeres which can help in choosing the profession of Actuary. As an Actuary student myself I found this book very helpfull and only strengthen the passion to become an Actuary. It gives opinions of Actuaries who already went through this path, and by reading these opinions you think of what you can do better.

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