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November 30th 2005, 07:38 PM
I'm applying for an entry level position and I've heard numerous times that some important computer programs to learn that will help land a job are Excel, Access, and SAS. I've used Excel but I want to become more familiar with all 3, and I really have no idea how to go about doing it, especially in an actuarial context. Any suggestions would be extremely helpful.

November 30th 2005, 08:20 PM
In excel, know how to use the vlookup, hlookup, create and use Pivot tables, and create macros both by recording and writing them.

In access, know how to use filters and sorts, how to create queries (including inner joins and outer joins), and some basic SQL.

SAS is hard to learn outside of the professional because it is so expensive.

I would also suggest learning some basic Visual Basic.

Good luck.

December 2nd 2005, 12:38 PM
Or go to a university that lets you us a free copy of SAS while attending.... ;)

Johnny Ramone
December 27th 2005, 08:34 PM
There's a $75 copy of the SAS Learning Edition on Amazon. SAS sells the same Edition for $150.