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Once again, the GAAPS Actuarial Careers Fair at the University of Pretoria was a successful event with the biggest ever turn out for students and companies. Samantha Pretorius welcomed everyone (she stood in for Prof Anton Stroh) and then introduced Dr Geraldine Kaye of GAAPS.
For the first time Pretoria students were joined by their peers from the University of the Free State and North West University (Potchefstroom).
The students who attended asked many questions about the actuarial profession but appeared to be particularly interested in information about obtaining work permits. They were clearly aware that Actuarial Skills Travel Well.
In addition to the 2nd and 3rd year students we were delighted to see a number of students who are still studying for their matric but are clearly planning ahead for their future.
Visiting South Africa for the fair also enabled us to meet with candidates and clients and to renew and strengthen our relationships.
The 4th Annual GAAPS Actuarial Careers Fair at The University of Pretoria will be in two weeks time on Friday the 27th of August.
The Fair is the only one of its kind in South Africa that gives you the chance to speak to many of the leading actuarial companies who are within this sector and to find out what opportunities are available, what employers expect from you and how you can make the most of your application to them.
The honours groups from the University of the Free State and North West University (Potchefstroom) have also been invited to the event. Not only do we think this will improve relations between the three universities, we also know it will give the companies here wider exposure to the talent available in the market.
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All presentations will take place in the SRC Board Room at the Conference Centre
10:00—10:05 Word of welcome by Prof Anton Ströh
10:05—10:10 Response by Dr Geraldine Kaye (GAAPS)
10:15—10:45 Deloitte Actuarial & Insurance Solutions
10:45—11:15 First National Bank
11:15—11:45 Hannover Re SA
12:15—12:45 Lunch break
The employers attending the GAAPS Actuarial Careers Fair at the University of Pretoria on the 27th of August 2010 have been confirmed as:
Association of South African Black Actuarial Professionals (ASABA)
Deloitte Actuarial & Insurance Solutions
First National Bank
South African Actuaries Development Programme (SAADP)
The Health Monitor Company
The next GAAPS Actuarial Careers Fair at the University of Pretoria in South Africa will be on the 27th of August 2010.
The next event at Heriot Watt University in Scotland will be on Wednesday the 3rd of November 2010.
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GAAPS showed a global presence once again at the 3rd Annual Careers Fair, held at the University of Pretoria, in the capital city of South Africa.
The event was officially opened at 10am by myself, Lance Randles, a consultant from GAAPS’ London office, and Prof Stroh, Dean of the Faculty.
Despite the economic doom and gloom, 46 representatives from over a dozen companies attended the fair. The mood was very positive all round, with students finding great value in meeting potential future employers, learning about the actuarial industry, possible career paths and various bursary opportunities. During the day, many of the companies made presentations to students, detailing the areas they operated in and potential future opportunities. The fair also offers a good opportunity to representatives to network amongst qualified actuaries. Prof Stroh also spoke about various postgraduate research opportunities within the Department of Insurance and Actuarial Science.
I also used my time in South Africa to meet with various clients and candidates in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. There is a constant interest from South Africans in working in various global markets, as well as many “home-comers” who return to South Africa after a stint working abroad.
If you want to be notified of upcoming careers fairs in the UK and South Africa register as a fan of GAAPS on Facebook and if you would like to read more about my visit to South Africa, go to my blog post on TravelGAAPS.com.