Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight

Each month, the Academy will introduce you to a new actuary who shares a glimpse about their professional and personal lives.

Tom Campbell

Specialty: Life

 

 

WHY DID YOU BECOME AN ACTUARY?

I decided to become an actuary during my junior year in college, when an alumna I knew came back to the school to discuss her experience as an actuarial student. The rigors of studying for exams intrigued me, so I decided to give it a shot.

DESCRIBE A CHALLENGE YOU HAVE OVERCOME.

Early in my career I always had a hard time delegating. I always thought that delegating would be seen as a sign that I couldn’t do the work myself. The truth is, it’s just the opposite: Delegating is a powerful skill that shows you can prioritize work effectively. I finally broke my habit when I realized I had too much work to do and I had to get others involved.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT BEING AN ACTUARY?

While I enjoy many aspects of my job, what I enjoy most is the interaction with other actuaries—discussing issues, hearing different sides of an issue, and debating solutions. Working with other actuaries is a joy; I often hear perspectives that help me well beyond the task at hand.

SHARE SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF.

I believe it’s important to stay active, so when I’m not in the office, I like to go on bike rides. I have a road bike and when the weather isn’t too bad—I live in the Northeast—I’ll go out on the bike paths near my house. I also like to travel to other areas and explore bike routes.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU SHARE WITH YOUNG ACTUARIES?

To any actuaries just starting out in their careers, I suggest you sit down with more-senior actuaries and talk to them. Find out how they approached things like their careers, exams, and family/work balance. It’s a great way to get to know other actuaries, and you may come up with different ways to address your challenges.

Tom Campbell

Webinars

Resources

Boxscore
The Actuarial Standards Board quarterly publication
Up To Code
Column from the Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline
Professionalism Counts
Monthly column in the Actuarial Update
The Anatomy of the ASOPs
October 17, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions
on the U.S. Qualification Standards
 

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