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GAAPS Not Grounded

Sophie had been visiting us at GAAPS HQ in London when the volcanic travel ban struck and she was unable to fly home to France as planned.

At 11pm on Thursday night Sima managed to book her a Eurostar ticket for Saturday morning, tickets for the next leg of the journey back to Marseilles were further complicated by a train strike in France!

Sophie eventually arrived home at midnight after a long and stressful journey and she is now pleased to be able to get stuck back into filling vacancies.

Jane Weiss is still trapped in South Africa and we eagerly await her return.

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From Paris to London

I am visiting the main GAAPS office in London at the moment and I am very pleased to see the rest of the team. Everyone is very busy and there is a friendly atmosphere.

Yesterday, after work, we all went to celebrate Geraldine’s birthday at a wine bar around the corner. It was very nice to catch up with the team.

I have also been extremely happy and surprised this time as I am staying in a studio hotel and they have upgraded me to a 1 bedroom flat – I have nearly 50 square meters on my own!

I will be returning to Paris on Friday morning.

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Easter Break, Escape with us!

Use the Easter break to start thinking where your actuarial passport can lead you tomorrow.

Need to perfect your tan in South Africa:
Extensive re-insurance experience, to join the non-life team of a major company.

Need the sweetness of a Belgian Chocolate, roles are waiting for you in Brussels:
You can either join the finance team or add your underwriting knowledge to the employee benefits team for two major clients.

Want to experience the Romantic clichés, Paris Plage is opening soon:
Risk management, non-life pricing, Solvency 2 will be your three course meal.

Just feel like a Celt, board the next flight to Ellan Vannin to work on the Life side:
We are looking for candidates with life assurance background and top problem solving skills.

Ready to learn Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache:
Would suit an actuary with strong VA pricing skills to provide non-traditional reinsurance solutions.

Feel the space of green landscape, Glasgow will model you:
Lead the development of the Prophet model for all European life and health business.

If you want to book your seat on one of those departing flights, look no further – contact us.

Our team in Europe and in the UK office will be your cabin crew for this journey!

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Travel Tribulations – Is it a plane? Is it a train? No, It’s Chaim!

Chaim went to visit a client in Paris. Following Eurostar trains breaking down yet again, he decided to revise his travel plans and fly, only to hear reports of a possible strike at Charles de Gaulle airport. Deciding to take his chances, he went to the airport and, thankfully, the plane took off as scheduled. Part 1 complete!

Having successfully left the UK there were only Parisian problems left to contend with. The traffic was so heavy that it would have taken over an hour and a half to get to the meeting; clearly an alternative form of transport was needed. By motorbike the journey took only 20 minutes – finally, a fast and efficient form of transport… but Chaim is not sure that he would repeat the experience!

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From Paris to London

A Few days before my business trip to London I read in the newspaper that the Eurostar train had a problem which forced passengers to stay on the train for over 5 hours! I suddenly think what again will happen to me with the journey, as I have a lot of funny stories with transports since I frequently fly or use trains..,

But I arrived in Saint Pancras on time, visiting my clients in London with no delays, and meeting with candidates where some are still amazed I still haven’t managed to lose my French accent since I borrow Shakespeare’s language to express myself. Which I nicely replied back…”have you only listened to Arsene Wenger!? “

I was impressed by walking into the city and looking in the air to check if it will actually going to rain or if I could see some sun rays, which would help me deciding whether I should wear a thick jacket or a rather summery shirt for the next day, but all I could see was big tower raising their 33 floors through the sky.

Who talks about crisis? I was surprised to see the city, although already pretty compact and full of buildings, still has a few squares meters to implant a new financial head office.

Being in London for business is always a challenge against the chronometer, but I was very happy to see the clients trust us by renewing their terms, and I was pleased to realise that the development I made in Europe is of a deep interest to our clients and candidates. Since Solvency 2 is a top concern for actuaries, Gaaps Europe can contribute to provide them with the best experts and the most valuable opportunities in Europe.

I have now head back to France, ready to put my words into European actions.
It was a pleasure to meet with the London Gaaps team as always.

To talk to me about European opportunities please contact me at sophie@gaaps.com

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Paris Paris

As the only recruiter sponsoring ‘La Nuit des Actuaires,’ GAAPS were proud and privileged to attend the gala on Saturday 28th April.  At the lovely location of Le Pavillion Dauphine, it was the sixth year of the event, and it’s not hard to see why this is now a fixed date in everyone’s diary.

As a sponsor, we were invited to enjoy a pre-event buffet with Presidents of Actuarial Institutes, committee members and other sponsors.  There were introductions and speeches from Vincent Meister, President of the Kactu’z Association, President of the Institute of French Actuaries Thomas Behar and the guest speaker Julian Oliver, President of Institute of Spanish Actuaries.

The evening was later then opened to the rest of the French actuarial institute and guests.  There were different attractions in each different room including a candy room, (with all the sweets you can dream of), a massage parlour (which was a heaven sent to all us ladies in heels); a dancefloor once the heels had had their rest and a live jazz band to name but a few!

The pavilion was filled with actuaries from all the organisations and from all the levels.   Everyone seemed to have a blast – we definitely did and we’re already looking forward to next year!

This article also appears on gaapsblog.com.

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La Nuit des Actuaires – Party in Paris

Each year, the Kactu’z Association, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2003, hosts an event designed to assemble all members of the French Actuarial Profession in Paris.

Membership of the Kactu’z association includes actuaries at every stage of their career; from young professionals and students of all through to those in the most senior positions. The aim of the evening is to bring together all levels of the actuarial movement in a warm and festive atmosphere.

The yearly event is attracting an ever-growing number of professionals and the next one will take place on Saturday 28th March 2009 from 20:00 – 05:00, in the prestigious west Parisian hall: Le Pavillon Dauphine.

The night begins with a cocktail reception for sponsors of the night and their guests from 20:00 to 22:00, followed by an exciting evening with several halls offering different festivities, shows, presentations and animations.

Don’t miss out on the Night of Actuaries and the opportunity to connect with a large part of the actuarial world and promote the image of your company whilst attending a spectacular gala.

This year, Kactu’Z is focusing on the interaction between sponsors and 3rd year actuarial students by means of:

  • A mailing list in order to facilitate contact with the actuarial students
  • A distinction made between sponsors and students during the cocktail reception.

Sophie Sicard, European consultant, leading GAAPS France, recognises the success and importance of last year’s event:

“It was a perfectly successful evening, both by the choice of the premises as well as the animations, but also by the immense possibility to meet actuaries at all levels. For example, I had the pleasure to exchange a few words with Prof. Carla Angela, president of the Italian Institute of Actuaries, guest of honour for that evening.”

GAAPS Actuarial is proud to be associated with the Parisian event as the only sponsor representing the field of specialised actuarial recruitment. On the night, Sophie will be joined by Lance Randles and Sima Varsani, GAAPS consultants based in London, who will be available to all throughout the night.

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