“I am really grateful for how IFAA programme pave the career path as an actuary for students, especially when I now embark on a new journey after graduation.”
Notwithstanding the solid foundation that IFAA programme has laid for us, we also have strong student supports. While professors are patient in teaching, professors and programme coordinator are willing to help or give us advice on both academic pursuit and career development. I had great learning experience over the past four years.
“My four years of undergraduate study in the IFAA programme were fulfilling and rewarding.”
During my learning journey, this developed my professional knowledge in the actuarial sciences, and strengthened the ability to think critically, write logically and speak persuasively. Having serving in actuarial departments in several renowned insurance and reinsurance companies after graduation, I am so grateful to have met genuine and proactive advisors and colleagues (some of them are also the CUHK graduates of IFAA programme!) No doubt it is challenging and energy consuming to work as an actuary; but this is fruitful and enjoyable to make a breakthrough in this dynamic and ever-changing industry.
I strongly believe that progress is a perpetual process and the path is more important than the goal itself. I am thankful to have so many good teammates and friends that had provided guidance and support to me over the past years – it’s always an amazing and valuable journey!
Aren’t these what we actuarial students concern?
The IFAA programme also acts well as a bridge between students and the industry. Plentiful opportunities were provided to interact with corporates. I participated in the 2018 actuarial math competition held by Munich Re. Receiving a merit award, Munich Re invited me to a 6-day summer camp in Beijing, and provided an internship opportunity at their Hong Kong office. Together with experiences with other companies, these experiences made me well-prepared for the actuarial career after graduation.
It was a rewarding experience to add to my actuarial skill set – working with other programmers on different projects involves sophisticated coding skills. The experience on developing websites and apps definitely helps with my actuarial career as actuaries often work with VBA and actuarial modelling softwares.
Before getting back to the actuarial industry, I also had a chance to perform music with my friend on the street (known as busking), playing the piano. Performing on the street is such an enjoyable and unforgettable experience (earning cheers and a few bucks from the pedestrians). I am so glad to be able to develop other hobbies besides working as an actuary. A large part of that relies on the solid skill set equipped through my working experience and the IFA programme.