Testimonials from Students
I have no regrets in attending ASNA 2014 during my first year of university. The Career Fair lead me to my first co-op job and I had the privilege to network with talented individuals from across the country. Moreover, ASNA was both informative and fun at the same time. The guest speakers were experts who specialized in fields including life, p&c and pension, and it was a pleasure to hear their presentations. My highlight of the convention was the Social Night where students were able to network with employers through games. I look forward to next year's convention in Montreal!
Winnie Luong, University of Waterloo
The ASNA convention is, by far, the most unique and valuable experience that any actuarial student can have. From networking with professionals and company representatives, to learning more about the actuarial career through engaging seminars, the convention is everything that an actuarial student needs, all bundled into one fun and exciting weekend. The greatest feeling for me in the last two conventions I've attended was the amazing feeling of being surrounded by ambitious and hardworking students from across the country and having the opportunity to meet and share experiences with them.
Roger Tran, University of Manitoba
I learnt more about the actuarial field than what Google was able to teach me for a year, no kidding! The seminars explored different areas that an actuary can work in and what are their roles in life, health, pension, property and casualty and even non-traditional roles an actuary can take on. I have also got some exposure on what is the business model of companies and how do they make a profit from it. Not only was I able to find out more about the field, I also got to meet many people with the same interest! That is precisely why I went to the convention in Quebec City last year and why I am definitely going to the convention in London again this year.
Charles Chiu, University of Toronto
So, this is how I see the ASNA convention: a great experience to everyone!!
First of all, this is apparently a great opportunity to know more about the Actuarial profession doesn't matter if you are interest in Actuarial Science or not. There were a lot to learn from the seminars and some of them were quite entertaining! If you are looking for a job, it's a perfect time to socialize with potential employers; if you are preparing for you career, it's an excellent way to know what the employers are mostly looking for such that you can better prepare yourself for the future. Other than this, food was really good! I love food (seriously, who doesn't?) and that salmon on the formal night was delicious. Additionally, since the Convention was held in Quebec last time, it gave me an opportunity to walk around and visit the Quebec City!
To wrap up, the ASNA Convention grants you the 3 wishes: an opportunity to learn, have fun, and travel!!
Ching Chi (Jane) Wong, University of Waterloo
ASNA is North America's premiere event for actuarial students. I found that the career fair was expansive with actuarial employers both small and large in attendance. In addition to this, the workshops offered throughout the weekend delved deep into the different areas of actuarial practice and these alone broadened my knowledge about our field. The best part however was the great food, atmosphere and social events lined up for us. I left the convention with not only a better understanding of what actuaries can do, but also a network of colleagues from across the country. I would definitely recommend ASNA to anyone interested in pursuing a career in actuarial science.
Karan Phadke, University of Toronto
I found my first actuarial internship at the ASNA Career Fair, the largest actuarial fair in Canada.I strongly recommend all students to attend both job seekers and those who have jobs lined up: From my experience, it is the best place to meet all the "Hot Babes" in actuarial science also.
Michael Blay, University of Toronto
The ASNA convention is a great opportunity for professional networking, making friends with students from across Canada and learning useful information about the actuarial career. The three conventions I attended have been nothing but a positive experience. I look forward to being involved in this exciting opportunity in the next two years, and hopefully coming back as a company representative when I start full-time. Also, I really appreciate the work that the ASNA executives have put into the convention; thanks to their efforts, the actuarial students have more chances to discover the actuarial career outside of the classroom settings.
Shirley (Ai Yan) Wu, University of Waterloo
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