Stop the exams, not your career progression
I have helped a number of people recently who for different reasons have either given up the exams or put them on hold, but who still operate at a similar level to a qualified actuary.
All had joined their current company on the actuarial exam path, and stopped along the way.
After stopping the exams they all continued to grow in experience. They got technically stronger, they became excellent client facing consultants and most took on people management responsibilities too.
But because salary and promotions are traditionally so closely linked to exam progress, over time they began to feel undervalued for the job they perform and the value they add to the business.
If any of the above resonates, here are a few things to keep in mind:
There is huge appetite in the market right now to hire good people, and you can absolutely find a new role if you'd like to
If you feel underpaid, I begin any application process without revealing your current salary - to ensure you are treated fairly
Joining a company who understands that you are not seeking qualification from the outset, makes a world of difference.
So please get in touch, all I will need is 20/30 minutes of your time :) email@example.com or please find me on LinkedIn
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