Hello everyone im 24 years old and im considering studying to be an actuary. It is only recently that I have been aware of the profession and from what I have found out and researched it sounds like the job of my dreams. I have always been interested in maths and working with statistics and my dream job would be to use skills and knowledge in maths to predict future events. I really enjoy problem solving. When I was at school maths was my favourite subject and when it comes to anything mathematical things really seem to sink in. I have a few concerns though and could really do with some advice. I did not really have the best chance at education when I was younger. I only left school with 2 GCSE's (Maths being one of the subjects). I was never really that interested at school when I was younger due to alot of stuff that happened in my childhood and I feel that I could have done alot better. Having spoken to careers advisors they have suggested that the best route for me to become an actuary would be to spend 4 yrs studying - 1 yr for an access to HE course (equiv to 3 A levels including maths) and a 4 yr bsc hons degree in maths. The access course also equips you with and brushes up on your maths and english (at GCSE level). I would love to take the chance to take this study route but considering my background do you think this would work for me and help me achieve an acturial career? I am aware that alot of agencies and firms look for specific A levels when recruting for acturies. It would take me alot longer if I studied for A levels instead, that is why alot of mature students take the access course route instead. I am worried that if I just take the access course instead of A levels that I may be discriminated against. I also worry that I may be considered too old when I finish my studies. Bare in mind though that I have over 5 yrs work experience and alot of this has been working with data and management information systems. In my current job it involves finding data mismatches and is strongly mathematical. So I am wondering if I could use the work experience I have to my advantage, especialley if I carry on with my current job part time while studying. Any advice you can give will be much approciated.
Last edited by skyblue24; October 31st 2007 at 05:50 PM.