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35 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published June 14th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 35
Tell me about a time when you had to work hard to achieve your goals?
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My desire to become an Actuary has by no means been an easy one. It has required me to push myself beyond what I thot possible. It started with my initail pursuit of a degree in Mathematics and Statistics then eventually a diploma in Acturaial Science.
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When I was submitting project report for my profeesional exam.
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1.
Tell me about a time when you had to work hard to achieve your goals?
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My desire to become an Actuary has by no means been an easy one. It has required me to push myself beyond what I thot possible. It started with my initail pursuit of a degree in Mathematics and Statistics then eventually a diploma in Acturaial Science.
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When I was submitting project report for my profeesional exam.
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How do you deal with difficult people?
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It depends on the situation. The first question is do I really need to deal with him. If yes then how important is this interaction for me. If it is very important then I try to listen more and speak less. If he is my immediate boss then I would try to figure out what he wants done from me. I would work hard to deliver. If he is just an acquaintance, I wold prefer to go through the interaction without getting very deep into it.
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I would communicate with them first and try to explain my opinion and ask for their opinions so that we can try to understand each other better.
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I deal with difficult people by listening to their opinions and understanding what they believe, and if I sincerely disagree with them, I will let them know. I try to problem solve for myself in order that we may complete a task.
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I am very warm and I try to see where others are coming from. Putting myself in other peoples' shoes makes it much easier to relate and connect with people who may often be labeled as "difficult"
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I deal with difficult people by looking at things in their point of view to try to get the task done. Also I will offer suggestions but in the end its about getting the job done.
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First of all, I will look for their view on each issues and ask their opinion and solution.
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People are not necessarily difficult.
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I deal with difficult people by trying to understand their frustration and I try to empathise with them. I also allow time to pass as it may diffuse tension.
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I try my best to put myself in the shoes of the difficult person, trying to see why the behave the way they do, and hopefully find ways to mitigate the effects of them being difficult. Otherwise, this exercises allows me to emphasize with my fellow human beings.
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Give myself time and then speak to them about the differences.
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What makes you like numbers? When did you realize you enjoyed math?
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I think it just how I am. Some people like literature, some like biology some like music. I think numbers have a pattern thing to understand and I like figuring out patterns. I started enjoying maths from the time I was in high school. Also, I realized I like combinatorics and probability problems more.
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I got it from my mother, she is a maht teacher so I suppose I got my enthusiasm from her.
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I realized that I enjoy math since I was in elementary school. My grandparents were high school math teachers and they used an interesting way to teach me such as by telling a story or drawing pictures which may be attractive for me when I was young.
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From a young age, I loved math. I know it sounds weird, but I always loved math. Also as I have learned more and more, I have realized that math is black and white. There is a right answer and there is a wrong one; I like that about math. I also enjoy that math is global. Anyone who speaks any language can understand it, and it in fact, allows other cultures to communicate through numbers.
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I like numbers because they are concrete. Numbers serve as something that show exact values, which have one interpretation. Usually, there is only one correct answer to something quantitative, whereas in other subjects, there is no wrong answer or there are multiple interpretations to certain reading passages. I first realized I enjoyed math when I was in eighth grade. After taking pre-algebra for a second time, something about the material "clicked" for me. Soon, after starting integrated algebra in 9th grade as a regular student, I began to take summer math classes in order to accelerate and by the time I was a senior in high school, I was 2 years accelerated and taking Statistics and Mutlivariable Calculus.
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When I was younger in my math classes, what I really excelled at etc. Like numbers because it defines every part of life including simple math like counting money to complex math calculating rates.
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I like numbers because the are like grains of sand, a single number doing very little but with a combined effort you may build a castle. I realized I enjoyed math when doing my math homework in elementary school seemed like a sweet escape from my grammar homework.
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It marks. When I was able to see patterns in systems.
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Working with numbers is quite an interesting task. When I was an engineering student I realised it.
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Why do you want to be an Actuary?
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I was deeply fascinated by actuary profession. From my perspective, it comes down to be the science of financial risk management and control, and how it is applied in the business world to provide financial security to both individuals and institutions, which apparently is much needed in today's ever-changing world. Actuaries participate in high-level business decision-making and solve real problems in every industry.
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I want to be an actuary consultant because I enjoy both sides of what an actuary does. I enjoy researching and using quantititative skills to solve problems. But I also like the client and coworker side of the business. Because of my extroverted personality, I always find myself wanting to be around others to work with them. And being an actuary allows me to do both.
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I want to be an actuary because I am an analytical thinker. I have a passion for numbers and consistently developing that passion. I believe that risk management will be more important in the future.
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I was not sure. While doing my M.S. In Statistics I took courses on Theory of interest and Modelling Life Contingencies. Probability is my favorite any ways. I loved all the curses and did well in them. My professor inspired me a lot and insisted that I choose this as my career path. All these things taken together helped me focus in this career.
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I feel being an actuary is the closest I can get to being a wizard in the professional world.
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How did you hear about actuarial science?
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My brother told me.
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Actually, I heard about actuarial science from my parents. They read an article from the newspaper which said that actuary was one of the top jobs in United states, and they told me that and I try to do some research on the internet to see what is actuarial science since this was a new term to me.
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I heard about actuarial science through this internship. I have taken Statistics for Business 1 and 2 as requirements for my degree, but did not really consider a career until I saw this internship that Fidelity posted.
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I heard from my brother.
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I heard about actuarial science from my 11th grade math teacher in Calculus BC. She had decided, after finishing the 5 preliminary exams, to pursue teaching. I was able to garner insight from her on why she decided to transition to teaching, and also what she liked about the actuarial career.
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I heard from the news paper articles.
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While iwas searching for my career options.
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Career test.
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