I am bursting with pride for my awesome husband. After over a year of taking exams like a champ, networking like an all-star, and interviewing like there’s no tomorrow, Charles landed a job at Willis North America as an actuarial analyst! Charles first heard of the actuarial field from a fellow math teacher at the high school he used to (used to!!) work at. That was the spring of 2010, so the journey toward accepting a position has not been short.
Willis is a global insurance brokerage firm, and Charles is going to be working for their casualty actuarial services department here in Nashville. When he interviewed in July, he met with all the actuaries in the office (except for one on vacation), and he really like all of them. I suppose the feeling was mutual!
If you’re like most people and don’t know what an actuary does, I’ll do my best to explain. They’re business professionals that use complicated math to calculate and analyze the financial implications of risk and uncertainty. Sometimes they work as “in house” employees for insurance companies, and other times they consult for many different clients. Charles will be doing the latter.
The actuarial profession is always ranked among the best jobs out there (here, here, and here, among others), although the high job satisfaction probably comes after all those darn exams are finished.
Charles was a great math teacher, but I really think that being an actuary is going to be an even better fit for him. As a bone fide math nerd, he enjoys studying for the exams (good thing, too, because he’s got seven more!), and I think his excellent interpersonal skills will really set him apart when working with clients. Oh, and spreadsheets. He really likes spreadsheets.
Anyway, I am so happy about this development! Below is a picture I snapped on our post-Mass two-hour long drive around Nashville on Sunday. The things you’ll do to get your baby to take a good nap, right?
Ad majorem Dei gloriam.