After completing my bachelor’s degree in actuarial science and applied mathematics, I, like many other graduates, had no idea what to do next. It wasn’t until I got an interview for a life underwriting internship program that I began to piece together what I might want to do for a lifelong career. Becoming an underwriter was something that I hadn’t really thought a lot about, let alone ever considered making a future out of before this.
One of the most exciting and challenging times in an individual’s life is their first week in a new role at a new company; “how will I fit in with my coworkers? Will I bear the brunt of the water cooler gossip? Do they have a deluxe Keurig machine?” The aspect of a person’s new job that is most nerve racking is not the tasks of the job, nor is it the meetings you will have to contribute to, but it is how you will gel with the organization’s culture and beliefs.