Occupation: Actuarial Assistant - Reading
Degree: BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Finance, University of York
Joined Xafinity Consulting: September 2010
I enjoyed studying for my degree in Mathematics and Finance and wanted a career where I could continue developing my skills in this area and build on the knowledge I gained whilst at university. I knew I wanted to pursue a career as an actuary, because it allows me to combine further study with the opportunity to work in a respected and dynamic profession.
The recruitment process was intense and challenging but also enjoyable. I had the opportunity to meet several members of staff during the evening of the Assessment Centre. This allowed me to ask any questions I had about the company and the profession in a less formal environment. The process helped to confirm that I wanted to be a part of Xafinity.
From the start I have been involved in a variety of tasks. These range from calculating benefits for individual members to valuing an entire pension scheme. I am encouraged to work on a variety of tasks for different clients, which all have different benefit structures, helping to expand my knowledge and skill base. Even after a year, I find that I am learning something new every day.
Professional development at Xafinity
Whenever I am allocated a new task, I am given one to one on the job training, to make sure I have the knowledge and skills I need to complete it. There are often times when there is something new for everybody to learn, such as changes in regulation, in which case group training sessions are organised. Xafinity also offers an excellent study package to help with progression through the actuarial exams. As well as paying for study materials, tutorials and mock exams, Xafinity gives me plenty of study leave.
Life at Xafinity
One of the best things about working at Xafinity is the office environment. My colleagues are great and keen to answer my questions regarding both work and the exams. There is a big social scene including work organised events such as trips to the races, quizzes and summer and Christmas parties. We also organise our own activities such as film nights and outdoor pursuits. Overall I couldn’t be happier with my decision to join Xafinity Consulting and look forward to the challenges of becoming a qualified actuary.