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Careers: Fearless pay rise negotiation

Are you getting paid what you are worth? If not, why not? “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” - Franklin D. Roosevelt There is no getting around the fact that salary negotiation is a difficult process to go through. Many a confident employee has been reduced to a shivering wreck when [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|Acumen Blog|0 Comments

Job Search – Do’s & Don’ts

The development in the financial services industry has been pretty interesting, to put it mildly, so how do you find a new job in todays market? The key, as ever, is to make sure you do the preparation and groundwork first. With the prospect that the supply of actuaries will outstrip demand due to budget constraints, redundancies [...]

By | August 29th, 2016|Acumen Blog|0 Comments

Choosing a Recruitment Agency: Part 3

Which agency to choose? There is generally little benefit in going to more than one agency. In fact it can be detrimental as your CV may go to a particular employer from several sources which could give the impression that you are “desperate” for a role. Also it makes it a lot more difficult to [...]

By | June 27th, 2016|Acumen Blog|0 Comments

Choosing a recruitment agency: Part 2

5. Interview practice Tips on interview technique and even the opportunity to do practice interviews with the consultant can then follow. These can be invaluable, particularly if you have not had an interview for several years or have previously been turned down after interview and are not sure of the reasons why. As a trained [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|Acumen Blog|0 Comments

Choosing a recruitment agency: Part 1

When looking for a new position, it can be tricky to know where to begin and a couple of questions immediately spring to mind; whether to use a recruitment agency and if so, which one to pick? So, exactly what are the benefits of using a recruitment agency? Overall, a good recruitment consultant can often [...]

By | June 14th, 2016|Acumen Blog|0 Comments

Superhero of the business world: Conclusion

By Kischel Nair, Actuarial Analyst at FNB South Africa. Conclusion In summary anyone can be an actuary. While a great deal of intelligence is required, a lot of hard work is equally necessary. The actuarial profession involves tough challenges which require a vast skill set as well as a strong mind and self belief. The [...]

By | May 25th, 2016|Acumen Blog|0 Comments

Superhero of the business world: The Actuary Part 4

By Kischel Nair, Actuarial Analyst at FNB South Africa. What differentiates Actuarial Science from other competent professions? I believe it is the practical ability to recognise a problem in any complex system and apply logic to derive a solution to that problem. The cool thing about the actuary is that he/she can do this while [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Acumen Blog|0 Comments

Superhero of the business world: The Actuary Part 3

By Kischel Nair, Actuarial Analyst at FNB South Africa. What are these life skills that are required? I will try and explore the most significant throughout the series of articles because I don’t believe an exhaustive list can be created. But for now, I will start with my opinion. I believe the main qualities of [...]

By | May 9th, 2016|Acumen Blog|0 Comments

Superhero of the business world: The Actuary: Part 1

By Kischel Nair, Actuarial Analyst at FNB South Africa. ‘An actuary who is only an actuary is not an actuary’-Frank Reddington I was recently at a student party one evening and I began to chat to a very pretty lady. You know the kind of pretty that inspires beautiful and passionate classical music. Whilst going [...]

By | April 27th, 2016|Acumen Blog|0 Comments