"This added benefit of Bayes Business School location will not only give you access to meet a great set of people, diverse in both culture and previous experience held, but also allows you to join the powerful alumni network that Bayes Business School has!"
Country of origin: India
MSc course: Actuarial Management
Graduation year: 2021
The main reason for me coming to Bayes Business School was due to its actuarial expertise and attractive location (situated at the heart of the business centre of Europe!). I was given a platform to build my soft skills along with technical skills.
The diversity at Bayes was also remarkable where I interacted with students from many nationalities and learnt from their cultures. Moreover, the career development centre is a real asset for the students, they went well beyond my expectations to deliver quality advice in a pandemic-hit world.
I was able to secure a full-time job 2 months before my graduation with their help. I am very grateful for my time at Bayes Business School.
During my studies I was one of the co-presidents at the Actuarial, Insurance, Risk and Quant (AIR-Q) society. We organised events around hot topics happening in the actuarial world.
We also organised knowledge sharing sessions to ensure the gap between theoretical and practical knowledge is filled for all our members. I found that my soft skills (communication, leadership and time management skills) were improving day by day with this role, which will definitely help me in my corporate life as well.
Prior to studying MSc Actuarial Management, I worked for 3 years with PwC as a Senior Associate within their Risk Modelling Services. I predominantly worked on non-life insurance projects. The MSc in Actuarial Management was very relevant to the actuarial skills used in the industry and offered hands on experience.
Other than the subjects which provide exemption from IFoA examination, several other elective modules helped in my technical development. I particularly liked the business analytics module I took in term 3 which was very challenging and provided the breadth needed for an actuary looking to divulge in new exciting areas.
I am now a Senior Actuarial Analyst at Zurich Insurance and part of the P&C Actuarial Reserving Team, working on the IFRS 17 Project. IFRS 17 is a new International Financial Reporting Standard which will fundamentally change the way entities account for insurance and investment contracts.
I will work closely with the wider project team both in the UK and the wider Zurich Group, as well as with the UK Reserving teams to continue the development of the process and to understand and interpret results, helping to bring insights to senior stakeholders such as the UK Chief Reserving Actuary, UK Finance Controller and UK CFO.
For anyone considering a master’s at Bayes, I would suggest whilst assessing the pros and cons – please do add a lot of weight to the advantage of ‘Life in London’ apart from study and career.
This added benefit of Bayes Business School location will not only give you access to meet a great set of people, diverse in both culture and previous experience held, but also allows you to join the powerful alumni network that Bayes Business School has!