How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?
I really liked the idea of pursuing a career in actuarial science and the University of Manchester was my first choice since it has an outstanding reputation. Also, I’m originally from Manchester so I wanted to stay at home rather than move to a different city.
What were your first impressions of the University and the city?
My first impressions of the University were quite daunting, I was incredibly nervous and scared about what to expect. But after speaking to staff members and people on my course I felt right at home. The University has a really warm atmosphere.
What are you most enjoying about your course?
The units are really interesting, there is a nice blend of everything in there. I particularly enjoyed the units related to the actuarial side of things like general insurance.
What skills and attributes do you think you have gained from your course and co-curricular activities so far?
I have definitely learnt quite a few key skills on this course. I’ve learnt that time management is vital - it’s best to manage your time sensibly and not to leave everything until the last minute especially when it comes to revision and assignments.
I’ve also benefited quite a bit from taking part in the student representation meetings. During my time spent with the student and staff liaison committee, I had the privilege to be the secretary of the meetings. This was quite nice as I felt rather important in the group, my role was basically to make notes of everyone’s attendance and also write down all the issues brought up by staff and students. I met some wonderful people during the meetings and thoroughly enjoyed my time there.
How do you think you are benefitting from studying at Manchester?
I think to have any sort of degree from the University of Manchester is very prestigious. The University has been labelled one of the best universities in the UK and I feel very honoured to have been able to study there. I think the thing I’ve benefitted from the most was being taught by amazing staff members. I was very privileged to have been taught by each and every one of them.
What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?
The best advice I can give to students who are interested in the actuarial science course is that it’s not the easiest of courses that a person can take, but it is very beneficial.
The University has done an excellent job of making sure the course has a great set of units which contain actuarial units as well as statistical and financial units. The units themselves are very interesting to learn and prepare you enough for when you choose to expand further into an actuarial career or even a financial one.
Generally, I would say that if you are passionate about learning the world of actuaries then this is the course for you.