The University of Manchester has an outstanding careers service and so I am confident in finding a great job in my chosen career when I graduate.
How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?
I always performed well in maths in school and so a teacher recommended that I look into a career as an actuary during my GCSE year. I did a few days work experience in an actuarial firm in Belfast and really enjoyed it. So, doing an actuarial degree in order to gain exemptions from the professional exams was an easy choice!
I always wanted to move away from home for university and I was really glad that the University of Manchester offered a course in actuarial science as not many insitutions do.
What were your first impressions of the University and the city?
Living in halls during first year was a great experience and it made settling into such a big, new city very easy. The University Welcome Week was very well organised and any worries or concerns I may have had quickly disappeared.
What are you most enjoying about your course?
Actuarial Science and Mathematics is quite a small course, so you quickly become good friends with most of the people on it. There is an Actuarial Committee who continuously arrange events for anyone on the course, from dinner along the 'curry mile' and nights out, to careers events and speeches from professional actuaries.
How do you think you are benefitting from studying at Manchester?
I have gained a lot of independence from moving away from home to study. The University of Manchester has an outstanding careers service and so I am confident in finding a great job in my chosen career when I graduate.
What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?
Actuarial science takes lot of hard work and so you should be really interested in the career and dedicated towards doing the work if you are considering taking the course.
Saying this, I believe I am doing quite well on the course and still manage to go out a few nights per week!