The final year of university was one filled with both excitement and anxiety, presenting me with looming questions. “Will I find a suitable employer to make sure I achieve my short to medium term career goals? Do I have a sound understanding of the role I’m being injected into? Is theory the same as practice? Will I be the right fit?” The list went on and only time could provide answers.
When I joined PPS, the questions I had still haunted me but I had resounding confidence in my ability to take on new tasks. With my theoretical knowledge box ticked out, I knew that the company’s Graduate Internship Development Programme would be there to provide me with a solid base for my personal and professional development. The various technical and soft skills training programmes offered helped clear the blind spots I had regarding the world of work and professionalism as a whole.
I work as part of the actuarial team and my main responsibilities involve producing the actuarial reports using various developed models, compiling statutory returns, experience investigations namely; lapse experience and value of new business (VNB) risk assessment, to name a few. It all may sound like a foreign language, but what is expected of me is executed with the intent of growing my technical skills and in the process pioneer the actuarial space.
I often come across people who revere those who hold the actuary title, and never have I thought that one day I would be the individual whose jaw would drop. I owe this experience to working with colleagues who are approachable and provide innovative solutions that leave me in awe. Reflecting the company culture and its people, the department I am part of comprises highly skilled professionals who have thorough and in-depth understanding of the work they do.
My journey to be a maven in South Africa’s actuarial field has been pleasant because the graduate programme has been instrumental in my continuous professional development.
Being part of PPS has been a positively huge jump from the where I was as a student, and the only question I have, aimed at future graduates is: “How have you not considered PPS as your next step?”
To apply for the 2018 Graduate Internship Development Programme, visit Professionals Connect. Applications are open until 30 September 2017.