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

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

by Fred Szabo
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ISBN-10:
0126801460
ISBN-13:
9780126801460
Pub. Date:
03/28/2004
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
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Actuaries' Survival Guide: How to Succeed in One of the Most Desirable Professions 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago