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.
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