I joined GAD in 2013 as a Trainee Actuary after doing an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Actuarial Science. My experience with GAD was positive right from the start; the interview felt very natural and away from the assessment I was able to spend time with an existing GAD trainee who helped me to gain a deeper understanding of what it would be like to work here and what the first few years might entail.
There is great emphasis on continued support for learning and development at GAD. While studying for my exams, I was well supported by my team and greatly assisted by the facilities that GAD have put in place for study support such as assigning a study mentor to each trainee. After recently qualifying, I continue to receive support in developing my skills and knowledge. I feel there is a great deal of trust between actuaries and trainees at GAD and from the very beginning I was given responsibilities and offered challenging opportunities. GAD provide actuarial services across pensions, social security, insurance and investment just to name a few, and this has led to opportunities to work on projects outside of my immediate team and gain vital experience.
GAD work with some of the largest pension schemes in the country and it is incredibly rewarding to be involved in large projects from start to finish. The size of the schemes also affords the opportunity to use a wide variety of actuarial techniques as well as the opportunity to be involved in varied work. While working here, I have been able to gain first-hand experience of how various government departments interact with each other and have also been able to see how actuaries can be utilised for a wide variety of work including non-traditional areas of actuarial work.
From the beginning, I was encouraged to network with both trainees and actuaries across the organisation which proved to be a great learning experience. There is a lot of emphasis here on work life balance and there are an endless number of social events to get involved in!View Government Actuary’s Department's Website