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    We are pleased to announce that Bruin Actuarial Society is looking for individuals interested in serving as officers for the 2017-18 school year! As an officer, you will be able to put your passion into action, working with our team to improve and grow the club while strengthening your professional network. Officers will be chosen in Spring Quarter from a pool of interns. Details regarding Bruin Actuarial Society's Internship and the application process for Internship follow.

    Overview
    Interns will join the current officers in planning club meetings, events and activities to learn how BAS is operated internally. Ultimately, outstanding interns will become the 2017-2018 Officers, to be selected in May.

    Benefits
    As a BAS Intern, you will

    • Enhance your leadership and interpersonal skills
    • Improve your people-management, time-management, delegation and organizational skills
    • Gain valuable experience planning and coordinating events

    As a BAS officer, you will

    • Network with employers and alumni
    • Help guide the direction of BAS
    • Expand your knowledge of actuarial science with real-world applications

    Requirements

    • Must be a paid member of BAS
    • Must be proactive and passionate about improving the club
    • Must be comfortable with public speaking and leading events
    • Must be a good communicator
    • MUST graduate in June 2018 or later

    Positions and Descriptions
    The two interns who are invited to become Officers will fill the following positions:
    Corporate Liaison (2):

    • Maintain communication with all firm contacts
    • Expand the roster of professional contacts

    Process

    • Please reply to this email with your resume attached as a PDF.
    • Fill out the application here

    Both are due on Friday, March 3rd at 11:59 PM. We will contact selected candidates to interview after the application deadline. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to get more involved with BAS! We look forward to receiving your application.

    Are you still wondering what an actuary is and does on a daily basis? Do you like to receive an opportunity to talk to alumni, who have been through this journey? Now's your chance to find out! We will have a panel of UCLA graduates here to answer your questions about the field and share their stories of how they ended up in their positions today.

    Moreover, there will be delicious food! Alumni are some of the best people to talk to; they are still firm reps, but they are also super nice :). Please dress Business Casual.

    • When: Wednesday, March 8th, 6:15-7:45PM
    • Where: Collins Alumni Conference Room in James West Alumni Center (alumni center is right across from Ackerman Union)
    • How: RSVP here.
    Are you interested in the P&C Industry? Interested in learning more about the consulting field? Please join us next Monday at 6PM, in MS6627 in welcoming Oliver Wyman, a P&C consulting firm based in Downtown Los Angeles. They will be collecting resumes for potential summer positions so please bring a copy if you are currently looking. Hope to see you all there!
    We will host a two-part workshop in Microsoft Access and SQL during Weeks 5 and 6 on the following dates:
    1. Part 1: Thursday, February 9th at 6:15 PM in MS2000 (PIC Lab)
    2. Part 2: Thursday, February 16th at 6:15 PM in MS2000 (PIC Lab)

    To RSVP, please complete the Google Form here.

    We will be using the PIC Lab computers, which require a username and password, for the workshops. If you are not currently enrolled in a PIC class, please complete the PDF form here and send it as an attachment to bruinactuaries@gmail.com. A PIC account will be created for you.!

    What is Access/SQL?
    Microsoft Access is a Microsoft Office application for database management. Users can process large quantities of data, as well as create forms and reports. Actuaries are increasingly using Access to store data on their policyholders and on claims. SQL is Structured Query Language, a language used to communicate with databases and query information.

    The workshop notes are available here, and the workshop Access file is available here

    We will be holding a two-hour Excel workshop this upcoming Thursday, Feb.2nd, in MS6627. It will be a two-part program with the first part from 6:00-7:00PM. At this workshop, we will cover the basic Excel functions such as IF statements, VLOOKUP, and pivot tables. The second part of this program will take place from 7:00-8:00PM. This program will be a more in depth look with information on VBA and creating macros.

    Excel skills are very important in the actuarial field, so don't miss out on this awesome opportunity!

    You can now RSVP here. And remember to bring a laptop that has the Microsoft Excel installed.

    CSAA will be holding another information session next Tuesday, Jan. 24th, in MS6627, at 6PM. This is a terrific opportunity for you to come out and connect with the firm representatives since CSAA is currently looking for candidates for the upcoming summer. Also, chick-fil-a will be served. If you would like to, please feel free to bring a couple copies of your resume as well.
    Congratulations to all the teams that participated in the case competition! You all have done a terrific job! Even if you did not make it to the final round, we hope that this experience was valuable in working together as a team, practicing both analytical and communication skills, and providing a glimpse as to what an actuary really does.

    We would like to invite all the teams and members to come and spectate the final round tomorrow evening (Jan 19th), starting at 6PM, which will also include a team from UC Santa Barbara. You will get the opportunity to network with the firm representatives as well as the students from UCSB at the end of the event.

    No need to sign up, but please do dress business casual.
    Welcome back to the new year!
    To start off the winter quarter, we are happy to announce our upcoming Fifth Annual UCLA Actuarial Case Competition, which was generously provided by Molina Healthcare. This is one of the best chances to learn more about the actuarial career and practice professional skills. In addition, the outstanding teams will have the opportunity to present in front of various firm professionals, which will be a big plus for recruiting.

    The following are the rules:
    1. BAS Paid Member - You can access here to pay online if you have not paid yet, or you can pay in cash at the kickoff meeting
    2. Each team will have four members, and at least two of the members must be underclassmen.
    3. Only one of the team members is required to attend the kick-off meeting, which will be on January 10th at 6:00 PM in MS 6627.

    The kick-off meeting will give an introduction presentation about our case competition, offer insight from past BAS Case Competition winners, and allow you to officially form and sign up the team for the competition.

    If you need to find teammates, please list your information here.

    Employers looking to participate in this event can contact us at bruinactuaries@gmail.com

    We hope everyone is enjoying the quarter and getting ready for thanksgiving. This week we will be jointly hosting a "Mathsgiving" Potluck Social with UMSA in MS3974 at 6:00pm this Thursday.

    This is a great opportunity to talk to other members of BAS and UMSA while getting free food! We will be providing Chinese and Thai food as the entrees and are asking that you please bring drinks and desserts to join the potluck.

    We look forward to seeing you all soon and Happy Thanksgiving!

    The last installment of our Professional Workshops will take place on Tuesday, November 8th at MS 5127 at 6:00 PM. Come and join us to learn more about LinkedIn and all the tips and tricks of how to create a professional profile that can showcase your abilities and accomplishments.

    You can now find the slideshow here

    The fourth installment of the Bruin Actuarial Society's Professional Workshops will take place on Thursday, November 3rd in MS 5127 at 6:00 pm. This workshop will cover how to communicate ideas and work within a team, both very important skills for the actuarial career! Come join us and let out your cooperative and competitive side in teamwork activities and competitions!

    You can now RSVP here

    BAS will host the third installment of our Professional Workshops series on Thursday, October 27th with our Interview Workshop. The workshop will be from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in MS 5127. We will be covering topics that include:

    • Types of interviews (Phone, Webcam, In-person, and On-site) and how each one is different
    • Preparing for an interview: what and how to research
    • Types of interview questions and how to approach them

    You can now find the slideshow here

    Wise Tsui is a former BAS officer and now works for Transamerica. He has graciously offered to help, and one of our officers and him will be working together to lead this workshop. This event will take place on Monday October 17th, at 6pm in Boelter 5440.

    Please RSVP here. This will be a casual dress event. Additionally, if you want feedback on your resume, bring a few copies and officers can look over them.

    You can now find the slideshow here

    We will be having our annual Mentorship Mixer next Tuesday, October 11th at 6:00 PM in MS 6221. This year, each officer and experienced senior will be taking 5-6 students as our mentees.

    If you are interested in becoming a mentee, this is a great chance for you to connect with the officers and experienced seniors, and also learn more about the actuarial field. Please sign up here: Mentee Sign-up. This mentorship program is mainly for 1st-year, 2nd-year, and 1st-year Transfer students, but everyone is welcome to join the event!

    Seniors: If you would like to become a mentor, please contact us at bruinactuaries@gmail.com as soon as possible.

    This workshop is specifically geared towards helping freshmen and international students get started with their actuarial careers and will take place on Thursday, October 6th in MS 6627. The freshman portion of this workshop will be from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and the international student portion from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. If you are a freshman international student, please feel free to stay for both. Food will be provided!

    The slideshow for the international student portion of the workshop is available here

    The slideshow for the First Year portion of the workshop is available here

    We are proud to bring you our Ninth Annual Bruin Actuarial Society Career Fair! This event will take place on Monday, Oct 3rd, 2016, in the Ackerman Grand Ballroom from 5:00-7:30PM. It is definitely a wonderful opportunity for you to meet many of the biggest actuarial companies on the West Coast!

    In order to attend the Career Fair, you will have to meet ALL of the following four requirements:
    1. UCLA Student or Alumnus
    2. BAS Paid Member - You can access here to pay online if you have not paid yet, or you can pay in cash at any of our events prior to Career Fair
    3. Attend one of the Career Fair Preparation Workshops on either Monday, Sep. 26th or Tuesday, Sep.27th - Your can sign up here for the workshop. The slideshow for this event is available here
    4. Register here for the Career Fair by Wednesday, Sep. 28th at 11:59PM. THERE IS NO LATE REGISTRATION ALLOWED.

    Business Professional Dress Code is strictly enforced for the Career Fair.

    You can find the details about membership here.

    Employers looking to participate in this event can contact us at bruinactuaries@gmail.com
    California State Automobile Association, a AAA insurer, will be hosting an information session on ,Oct 4th, 6PM, in room MS6627.

    This is an excellent opportunity for you to follow up with the firm representatives after the Career Fair, and to stand out more by showing your dedication and interest in CSAA. And not to mention that there will be food provided (hint: not pizza)!

    Please wear Business Casual if you wish to connect with the professionals and RSVP here
    Willis Towers Watson will be holding their information session on , Thursday, Sep. 29th, 6PM at MS 5200.

    This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about Willis Towers Watson, and also to get connected with the representatives prior to the Career Fair.

    Please wear Business Casual if you wish to connect with the professionals.
    We are very excited to invite all of you to join us at our first event of the year - General Meeting, which will take place this Friday, September 23rd, at 6:00PM in MS4000A.

    Come out for free food, and get an opportunity to learn more about Bruin Actuarial Society and to meet your fellow aspiring actuaries!

    You can now review the General Meeting Slides here
    Finished those resumes you've been working on? We are now collecting resumes for a Resume Book to present to the firms as the Ninth Annual BAS Career Fair approaches! This Resume Book will allow recruiters to review the resumes of students who are actively looking for internships and/or full-time opportunities.

    If you wish to have your resume included, please send your resume as an attachment (in PDF Format) to bruinactuaries@gmail.com, with subject line "Resume Book Submission", by September 23rd, 11:59 PM.
    As some of you already know, during spring quarter, BAS began a new series of posts called "Faces of an Actuary" on the BAS Facebook page. Our goal has been to feature different actuaries (both aspiring and current) who are able to provide some insight into their experiences and perspectives on their respective fields and backgrounds.

    Currently, we are reaching out to all of you to collect YOUR stories! Selected ones will be featured in a "Faces of an Actuary" Facebook post this upcoming fall quarter. Each featured post will consist of a picture and caption/short paragraph.

    SUBMIT YOUR OWN STORY HERE

    You can find examples here: Anthony Ip, Danny Stapleton
    Missed out on the 2015-2016 highlights of BAS?

    You can now review our highlighted events for the 2015-2016 school year in our "Year In Review Newsletter" here
    In preparation for Career Fair (Oct 3, 2016) and fall recruitment, BAS will hold our annual Virtual Resume Critique over the next few weeks. Members can now submit your resumes and have it read and critiqued by an officer.

    If you wish to participate, please email bruinactuaries@gmail.com with subject line "Virtual Resume Critique" and your resume attached, in Word Document format by Friday, September 2nd. Your resume will be reviewed by an officer of the club and returned to you with comments.

    In order for our critique to be of maximum help, please ensure that your resume is free of spelling and grammatical errors and that it does not exceed one page.
    Dearest members, First of all, thank you very much for your continuous support to Bruin Actuarial Society for the 2015-2016 school year!

    As we start to plan our next year events, we would like to invite everyone, who wants to continue receiving updates from us, to re-sign up for our email list here.

    In addition, at the end of the sign up form, you will also be given the option to take a short survey, and we really encourage everyone to provide us any feedback you may have and how we could improve next year.

    And HAPPY GRADUATION TO CLASS OF 2016!