Category Archives: France

GAAPS Top Consultant Interviewed by Famous French Financial Newspaper

Mrs Sophie Sicard, one of our top consultants in the French market, was recently interviewed by L’Agefi, a famous business and financial newspaper, highly appreciated among citizens of the “Pays des Lumiѐres”.

Sophie explains the importance of actuarial skills, which have become more and more appreciated not only within assurance companies but also in Investment Banking.

Actuaries solve practical problems. Certainly, some of them are essentially connected to insurance. However, they are more and more requested in the resolution of problems related to finance, in particular in the trading rooms’ risk management. Especially with increasing complexity of financial products it is necessary to take into account a largest number of risks, in a very rigorous, coherent and transparent way.

A few years ago, the investment department would have been considered the best place to work. Lately, actuarial skills have become essential in risk management, as well as in financial engineering. In addition, with the introduction of Basel II, a huge range of new opportunities have come up.

But “Just having a sound set of technical skills is not enough” -said Sophie- “They also need to develop other types of soft skills. Communication skills, ability to liaise effectively at all levels and managing team are also very important “.  Being able to explain complex technical concepts to non-technical people in an easy to understand language is a crucial aspect to succeed in this profession.

If you would like to find out more about the original interview (in French), click on this link:  Full article. There is an approximate translation into English here.

Are You an International Actuary?

Actuarial Skills Travel Well but immigration regulations are being updated frequently.

If you are considering moving abroad it is important to ensure that you are aware of the various procedures that need to be followed when applying for international visas and work permits.

To help you we have created a list of  links to the relevant pages of international immigration websites.

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You understand the maths, but can you buy an ice-cream?

Actuarial Skills Travel Well but do you need to be able to speak the language of the country that you are thinking of moving to?

There is a tendency for employers to require business fluency in the language of the country, especially for client facing roles however there are also many clients who say that they do not require the local language, especially the Swiss and the French.

In reality  you should have at least a smattering of the local language because you need to know what is being said behind your back and how to buy an ice cream when you go shopping.

Many candidates ask me which language they should learn, all I can say is choose something you enjoy because it is very much a matter of fashion and by the time you have learnt the language, the fashion is likely to have changed.

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Happy Anniversary – Sophie’s 5 Years at GAAPS

We are pleased to announce that Sophie Sicard, Managing Consultant of GAAPS Europe has just celebrated her 5th anniversary at GAAPS.

Sophie says

“I am so touched and pleased from the thoughtful attention you send me through this lovely plant.

I could not resist to send you a picture of my happiness and me being so grateful towards it.

Thank you so much, it has been a 5 years pleasure to work with you and for Gaaps, I feel being part of a true-hearted family. ”

Sophie and GAAPS Europe are based in Paris, France. She is always happy to hear from candidates and clients alike.

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La Nuit des Actuaires – Party in Paris

Each year, the Kactu’z Association, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2003, hosts an event designed to assemble all members of the French Actuarial Profession in Paris.

Membership of the Kactu’z association includes actuaries at every stage of their career; from young professionals and students of all through to those in the most senior positions. The aim of the evening is to bring together all levels of the actuarial movement in a warm and festive atmosphere.

The yearly event is attracting an ever-growing number of professionals and the next one will take place on Saturday 28th March 2009 from 20:00 – 05:00, in the prestigious west Parisian hall: Le Pavillon Dauphine.

The night begins with a cocktail reception for sponsors of the night and their guests from 20:00 to 22:00, followed by an exciting evening with several halls offering different festivities, shows, presentations and animations.

Don’t miss out on the Night of Actuaries and the opportunity to connect with a large part of the actuarial world and promote the image of your company whilst attending a spectacular gala.

This year, Kactu’Z is focusing on the interaction between sponsors and 3rd year actuarial students by means of:

  • A mailing list in order to facilitate contact with the actuarial students
  • A distinction made between sponsors and students during the cocktail reception.

Sophie Sicard, European consultant, leading GAAPS France, recognises the success and importance of last year’s event:

“It was a perfectly successful evening, both by the choice of the premises as well as the animations, but also by the immense possibility to meet actuaries at all levels. For example, I had the pleasure to exchange a few words with Prof. Carla Angela, president of the Italian Institute of Actuaries, guest of honour for that evening.”

GAAPS Actuarial is proud to be associated with the Parisian event as the only sponsor representing the field of specialised actuarial recruitment. On the night, Sophie will be joined by Lance Randles and Sima Varsani, GAAPS consultants based in London, who will be available to all throughout the night.

As GAAPS has 4 pairs of tickets to the “Night of Actuaries” we are running a competition to find the best actuarial jokers.

Send us your best actuarial jokes, the 4 funniest will win a pair of tickets to the ‘Night of Actuaries’ in Paris and their jokes will be published on the GAAPS website. 

If you are a winner you will have to organise your own transport and accommodation in Paris. If you are unable to come, then we will present you with a complimentary bottle of Champagne instead. 

For more details about the ‘Night of Actuaries’ go to

To enter, post your joke on the competition Facebook page or email by 5 March 2009.