To start, I'm a career-changer, non-actuary, been with my current company for 9 years. I have a wife and two kids, and I'm just over a year away from graduating with a degree in actuarial science. I've passed FM and am scheduled to sit for P in a few weeks.
I finally got a call back for a summer internship, and have an interview this Tuesday. The problem is that the HR person who set up the interview said point-blank that they are cutting back their hiring this year, so it's pretty much 100% that if I take the internship, they will not consider extending the internship into the school year or hiring me any time before I graduate.
How important is the internship experience for getting that first entry-level job after graduation? I'm dedicated to becoming an actuary, but I'm not a normal student. I have bills to pay and mouths to feed. Will the internship help me enough in my search after graduation that it would be worth it to face unemployment during the last 6-8 months of finishing my degree? (not to mention the post-graduation unemployment)
I have a decent resume, even though I don't have a degree yet- management experience, & lots of experience problem-solving with excel, VBA, and SQL. (I was actually sent a denial letter for the internship because there was some confusion about whether I was overqualified.) But its not related to actuarial work or the insurance field at all.
I guess maybe it comes down to this: which is more important on my resume, the "real" work experience I have or the internship experience I could have?
I know I'm just being a worry-wart right now, considering I haven't even gotten an offer, but this is something I've been wondering for a while anyway.