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PostSubject: Re: The Work Thread   Wed 27 Sep 2017 - 19:46

With apologies to GJones (I have about as much to say about data officering as he does about actuaries, I suspect - glad it has its perks, though), I'm going to jump in and redo mine:


So what do you do for a living?  Mostly, I play around with Excel spreadsheets.  Occasionally I write Word documents.  Often my eyes hurt from staring at a screen too much.  Now... pretty much the same actually, only there's more PowerPoint and occasionally I do some programming. Is more fun! No, really.

What's your job title/profession?  Actuary.  Or rather, actuarial student until I pass all the exams.  Essentially, we try to predict future trends by looking at past trends. Qualified actuary woop woop!

How long have you been doing it?  Getting on for 3.5 years now. Six years, current role for almost 2.

Do you enjoy?  I have never deluded myself into thinking that I'm going to "enjoy" my job.  It finances the things that I do enjoy, and provides me with security to prevent me having to do things I'd enjoy less.  Occasionally it's interesting, sometimes even intellectually stimulating.  I do like actuaries as a species, though - although recently, I've not been having such a good time at work, for reasons largely beyond my control. That was my old boss. I now have a new boss, and the stuff I look at is more interesting. I probably still don't "enjoy" my job, but job satisfaction is higher.

Was it what you had planned on doing/studied for?  Nope.  I entered uni. with very little idea of what I wanted to do, had an idea midway through that I might go into academia, and only really admitted to myself in my Masters year that I wasn't bright/motivated enough to do a PhD for minimal money. (This hasn't changed.)

Do you plan to keep at it?  Yup.  Pass the exams and qualify, and I get a whopping great payrise that should allow me a little more freedom. Payrise wasn't that whopping. Still doing it though!

In Gunman Clive 2, Clive rides a panda.  What's your mount of choice?  Something that overbalances all the time.  Let's say an ostrich - they don't look too stable. A Zamtrios. Theresa May can have the wobbly and unstable bird.
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PostSubject: Re: The Work Thread   Wed 29 Nov 2017 - 20:42

I just handed in my notice today, so now I can reveal the reason I was incredibly busy was that I fell into a bit of a mad job-seeking spiral. I saw an ad online for a job paying way more, doing basically exactly what I currently do (plus it was a 1 click application, so didn't have to actually sit down and do a CV at the time), so I applied and then ended up getting sent around to every Salesforce Partner in the country.

I've now accepted a new job based in London (but also allowing me to work remotely) and will be moving back down south, very exciting times!
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PostSubject: Re: The Work Thread   Wed 29 Nov 2017 - 20:44

Brilliant! So pleased for you. Very Happy Applause
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PostSubject: Re: The Work Thread   Wed 29 Nov 2017 - 21:47

My man(dy)! Excellent stuff! Apart from anything else, it means we can meet up more than once a year... Where's he running off to?
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PostSubject: Re: The Work Thread   Wed 29 Nov 2017 - 22:38

Balladeer wrote:
My man(dy)!

You came and you gave without taking... but I sent you away.
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PostSubject: Re: The Work Thread   Wed 29 Nov 2017 - 22:56

Nice one Rice.

Nrice.
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PostSubject: Re: The Work Thread   Thu 30 Nov 2017 - 0:53

Well done (he says as if he didn't already know all this), now you can save up and buy a nice family home and put a ring on dat finger before you have that inevitable baby.
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PostSubject: Re: The Work Thread   Thu 30 Nov 2017 - 2:22

Good stuff Andy. Thumbs Up!


Jimbob wrote:
Nice one Rice.

Nrice.

This made me do a little laugh. Thumbs Up!
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