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View Poll Results: How happy are you with your actuarial job?
5 - Love - Only been an Actuary 45 12.71%
4 - Like - Only been an Actuary 96 27.12%
3 - Content - Only been an Actuary 75 21.19%
2 - Dislike - Only been an Actuary 23 6.50%
1 - Hate - Only been an Actuary 3 0.85%
5 - Love - Career Changer 30 8.47%
4 - Like - Career Changer 39 11.02%
3 - Content - Career Changer 23 6.50%
2 - Dislike - Career Changer 4 1.13%
1 - Hate - Career Changer 4 1.13%
I am not an actuary or haven't held a position long enough to have a solid opinion. 12 3.39%
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:24 PM
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You just got your first actuarial job, right?

I don't mean to burst your bubble, but you're in a honeymoon period right now. It could likely last anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of years. But at some point, there will come that first day when you know longer have the same "wow, this is awesome" feeling anymore. And it could be gradual. Not that you still won't generally like, or even love, your job - but the honeymoon period will end one day.*

*generally speaking / likely

Just keeping it real...

I think years in the field could be interesting to see in the poll results.
We should take bets on how long it will take him to start disliking his job......

6 months tops imho
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Solid Job, good pay, good benefits. If you can hack studying, manage passing, and find a good company then it's an easy 4. If any of those are lacking, you will find yourself at 3 or below.

Job changer, used to teach Highschool math *shudder*
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Yes. I'll let the poll run its course and then reveal my reasoning after a week or so.

-Riley
Looks like this thread has gone to where threads go to die. What's the reasoning?
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Looks like this thread has gone to where threads go to die. What's the reasoning?
I ran this thread based on hearing a few AO'ers complaining about their actuarial job. (My life sucks, I don't make enough, etc etc) It appeared that most of these people had never held a job in another field and I felt they were being ungrateful. I ran this poll expecting career changers to have a higher appreciation for their job, which even though they did come out ahead, it was closer than expected. However, this poll doesn't give all the details as people can like/dislike their job for completely different reasons.

I start my job tomorrow and I'm aware it won't be all butterflies and flowers, but I am grateful I'll be making 3x what I did as a graduate student working 40 hours instead of 60-80.

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I start my job tomorrow and I'm aware it won't be all butterflies and flowers, but I am grateful I'll be making 3x what I did as a graduate student working 40 hours instead of 60-80.

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Don't you even think about sending me your resume. I'll turn it into an origami boulder and return it to you.
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Can I ask why some of the dates in your sig line are wrong? For example, MLC was given on April 29, not April 14, and you started your job on May 19, not May 14.
lol think about it, you'll figure it out. Counting down to the facepalm in three, two, there it goes... If you are trolling me then you got me pretty good...
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I start my job tomorrow and I'm aware it won't be all butterflies and flowers, but I am grateful I'll be making 3x what I did as a graduate student working 40 hours instead of 60-80.
1, good luck with your first job!

2, but if you stuck through PhD and if you manage to land a professor job afterwards, you would have the best job in the world. The reason I myself chickened out and left the world of academia after I got my MSc. is that I did not like those ifs.
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lol think about it, you'll figure it out. Counting down to the facepalm in three, two, there it goes... If you are trolling me then you got me pretty good...
Yeah I'm not even going to explain it.

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1, good luck with your first job!

2, but if you stuck through PhD and if you manage to land a professor job afterwards, you would have the best job in the world. The reason I myself chickened out and left the world of academia after I got my MSc. is that I did not like those ifs.
I would HATE being a professor. I taught calc level classes for a few semesters in college, mainly because it paid like 3x any other college type job I could find, not to mention it looks better on a resume than most other college jobs. I wouldn't want to do that with my life regardless of pay...
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I would HATE being a professor. I taught calc level classes for a few semesters in college, mainly because it paid like 3x any other college type job I could find, not to mention it looks better on a resume than most other college jobs. I wouldn't want to do that with my life regardless of pay...
being a professor is not about whether you like teaching or research, it's about being able to have sabbaticals, short hours (something like 800 hours a year) and never having to pay for travelling for the rest of your life.

and the social status that comes with it.
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