We feel very proud to once again sponsor Imperial Colleges Actuarial Careers Fair.
As always the event was excellent and the evening itself saw people queuing outside to get in, with the talks on international actuarial recruitment offering standing space only (and even that spilled out of the auditorium!)
Geraldine as usual was very insightful on the evening, giving useful tips to students about how to approach the actuarial profession and, of course, actuarial recruiters!
Special thanks of course go to Imperial College and all the people who organized this magical event.
When it comes to class, Imperial College cannot be faulted. Great atmosphere, nice people, floods of wine and more sushi down town Tokyo!
After all these years in the business we have to admit it’s still touching meeting students who wish to embark on an actuarial career. Their eyes are full of hope and their expression full of curiosity; for our consultants there is nothing more exciting than answering the many questions they ask regarding the profession.
So, don’t give up people, being an Actuary requires a lot of sacrifice but it is totally worth it. For students who enjoy maths, the profession is really promising!
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We started the day with a breakfast meeting with a client, and then met with a candidate in the afternoon.
Checked out at 4pm and journeyed back to UK.
All in all it was a very successful visit and I am already looking forward to next years careers fair.
The careers fair was very successful, with the biggest turn out ever for students and companies. Read more about the careers fair at the GAAPS Blog.
After careers fair we went to Melrose Arch to stay at the Protea Fire and Ice hotel. Melrose Arch is a vibrant area of bars, piazzas, shopping and hotels. The hotel was built especially for the world cup visitors and is a boutique style, 5 star hotel. We much preferred the area and hotel and the food was excellent.
GAAPS are co-hosting the 4th Annual Actuarial Careers Fair at the University of Pretoria on Friday 27th August 2010. Geraldine Kaye, Wanda Myers and Tony Snoyman going over to Johannesburg on Tuesday 26th August for a week, watch this blog for ongoing updates of their trip to South Africa.
I am in Edinburgh ahead of the GAAPS Actuarial Careers Fair at Heriot Watt. I interviewed an excellent candidate first thing this morning over breakfast and am now working on placing him. I then went to visit a client who has given me international contacts for his organisation around the world.
As usual I have found time for shopping but rather than shoes I am now one skirt up.
At this morning’s meeting I was told about a Faculty meeting that I hadn’t realised was taking place and will now be attending the Faculty meeting and the Scottish actuaries dining club afterwards.
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Cape Town, or the “Mother City”, as it is more affectionately known, is a place where old and new converge – in history, architecture, culture and people.
The city is dominated by Table Mountain, and is on the edge of a peninsula – with mountains, valleys and rivers, and the meeting place of two oceans – the Indian and Atlantic. It is a city of contrast and immense natural beauty, where the pace and bright lights of an urban centre meet the relaxed feel of the ocean, forests and mountains. Cape Town is firmly positioned on the international map and offers a myriad of things to do and places to see, whatever your tastes, inclinations or budget. In essence, it is a gateway to the rest of Southern Africa.
As the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years. It also has the top five national attractions in South Africa – Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront (which is a superb shopping and holiday experience on a working harbour), Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated), the Cape Town Wine Routes (having some of the world´s best wine farms), and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (on the slopes of Table Mountain).
In terms of business, most companies operate head office functions from Johannesburg (the real economic hub of Southern Africa), with Cape Town as a secondary office location. Cape Town has a very much more relaxed feel than the frenetic pace of Johannesburg, and is preferred by many people for this reason. I visited Cape Town while I was in South Africa for our annual actuarial careers fair at the University of Pretoria, one of South Africa’s leading universities, located in South Africa’s capital city, a half hour drive from Johannesburg.
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