I am having trouble landing my first actuarial job. I passed Exam P in Sept 2005, and started job hunting right away. I had two interviews, and both ended unsuccessfully. The people I interviewed with told me that they would feel more confident in my dedication to the field if I passed the second exam, or if I already had experience.
I sat for Exam FM in May, and the proctors for the exam were two of the people that had interviewed me! I panicked, and all I could think about was that unsuccessful interview! I didn't pass the test, so I am taking it again in November.
My problem is that I really want to get my actuarial career going. I am wasting time, and my current employer doesn't even understand what an actuary is, and is therefore not supportive. Is it possible to get an internship AFTER college? That seems like the only way I might land a job with only one exam and no experience. I know that internship positions are for current students, but I would be willing to take the minimal pay just to get the experience!!