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|New Feature - Featured Job
We have pleasure in letting you know about a small but important enhancement on our sites.
With effect frm today we now offer a "Featured Job" listing.
Featured Jobs appear on the homepage is rotation and will give you added exposure for your job listing.
We will be offering this service to existing and new companies with effect from today 17th February 2012.
In addition to this, set up an account with us during the month of February 2012 and we will GIVE YOU 5 FREE Featured Job listings to say "Welcome".. read more
|The Actuary Career Path
The Actuary Career Path
Actuaries are experts in assessment of risk, and utilise technology and tried and true methods of analysis. Traditionally, most actuaries have found positions at insurance companies and pension programs, assessing plan solvency and fitness. Non-traditional employment among actuaries is on the rise, especially in specialisms such as professional trustees, finance and consulting.
Actuaries working in this field use tables, predicitve models, theories and statistical methods to predict financial and economic outcomes of future events, including insolvency and operational risk
After many years of experience in the finance industry, an actuary may specialise to become a “professional trustee” which involves sitting on pension scheme boards and ensuring the fund is run appropriately. Professional trustees are sometimes referred to as “independent trustees” as they are not related to either the trust grantor or its beneficiaries.
Actuaries working in the specialism of casualty analyse catastrophic risks that can happen to people or tangible property. These include insurance for auto, homes, commercial properties, medical malpractise, deeds and titles, product liability, work related injury, terrorism and acts of war.
Life, Health and Pension Actuary
Actuaries specialising in pensions deal with the risk of mortality and morbidity of individuals. These actuaries produce and sell products including life insurance, mortgage and credit insurance, annuities and pensions, short and longterm disability insurance, long term care insurance for old age and medcal, dental and health care savings accounts. Actuaries in this specialism determine what rate a person will pay for any of these insurance programs based on the individual's answers to a set of questions that quantify their level of morbidity or mortality.
Actuaries with significant knowledge of specialised industries such as health, technology or finance often take a position consulting in these fields. Work in these non-traditional areas includes assisting a corporation when it offers stocks or securities, when it releases a new product or service or when it takes over another company.
Actuaries who have spent time in a finance career path may utilise their years of experience to become a professional witness in the courts. Here, actuaries apply their analytic skills to determine the amount of lost wages or lost profits due to criminal actions against an individual or corporation. Their findings are used by a jury to award damages to victims or families.
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|Finding a job in advertising
Finding a job in advertising
Advertising is a field that a large number of people want to make their way in to; it’s creative and strategic, logical and quirky. However, its popularity means it’s becoming more and more difficult to find a job in advertising – particularly if you’re looking for an entry level position. Whilst there’s no guarantee that any of the following tips will definitely ensure you find your idea role – here are some great ways to find those elusive jobs in advertising!
Work out what position you’re interested in: within the advertising industry, jobs titles include designer, strategist, planner, account handler, market researcher, and project manager – amongst others. Do your research; work out where your skills would be best utilised and what positions you’re most interested in before you begin to apply. Knowing your desired job role not only shows you’ve looked into all the options, it also illustrates that you have a passion for the industry.
Do some work experience. This doesn’t just look great on your CV, it will also confirm to yourself that you really do want a job in advertising. Rather than applying to the big, multinational companies first, see if there are any local agencies who would offer work experience. The more work experience you do, the more skills you’ll gain – but remember, it’s important to be able to show how each placement has helped your development.
Find out what tools are used in your chosen job role – and familiarise yourself with them! Some computer software used in advertising is free – like Google Analytics – whilst other tools, like PhotoShop, may be costly but will be worthwhile mastering. Find out what’s being used in your ideal job, and once you feel comfortable with it, add a line to your CV, stating your level of proficiency.
Set up a LinkedIn profile, and join some advertising related groups. LinkedIn is the online equivalent of a CV, where employers can take a look at the skills of a potential employee, and individuals can network to find others in similar roles to their own. Groups on LinkedIn allow users to chat about current trends – and with new advertising campaigns launching ever day, this is particularly useful for keeping up with industry news!
Make sure that your CV and any correspondence you have with an advertising agency or potential employer is triple-checked. You’re looking for a job in advertising, where attention to detail is key, regardless of what position you’re interested in. Things like typos, poor grammar or hard to read font are all reasons that your CV may end up at the bottom of the pile – so check, check and check again.
A first advertising job can be hard to find – and if you are offered a job, be aware that it may be a very junior role – so be prepared to work your way up from the bottom! However, if you’re creative, bright and have a real interest in influencing people – maybe advertising is for you!
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News From The BBC
BBC News - UK
The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site. Corbyn 'cannot support air strikes'Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:10:05 GMT
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn writes to his MPs saying he cannot back UK air strikes in Syria - prompting a warning of shadow cabinet resignations.
'Very significant' cuts still to comeThu, 26 Nov 2015 16:26:16 GMT
"Very significant" government spending cuts will be imposed before the next general election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank warns.
Lord Coe ends association with NikeThu, 26 Nov 2015 21:21:01 GMT
IAAF president Lord Coe ends his 38-year ambassadorial role with American sportswear giant Nike.
Number of untaxed UK vehicles doublesThu, 26 Nov 2015 17:25:59 GMT
The number of vehicles without road tax - Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) - doubled to 560,000 after the paper tax disc was abolished in October 2014.
Ex-soldier held after Syria returnThu, 26 Nov 2015 19:10:20 GMT
An ex-soldier who is believed to have fought in Syria against so-called Islamic State is arrested at Manchester Airport on suspicion of terror offences.
Toss to be scrapped in county cricketThu, 26 Nov 2015 19:49:58 GMT
The mandatory coin toss is to be scrapped in both divisions of the County Championship next season.
Train unreliability a 'danger to jobs'Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:05:57 GMT
Some employers are "refusing to consider" Great Eastern Main Line commuters because of reliability issues, an MP says.
Retailers brace for Black Friday salesThu, 26 Nov 2015 17:03:13 GMT
UK retailers are gearing up for the Black Friday shopping phenomenon, with analysts predicting record online sales.
Grandson killer jailed for drowningThu, 26 Nov 2015 18:22:45 GMT
A man who drowned his nine-year-old grandson in the bath is jailed for life for the boy's murder.
Broadmoor worker jailed for Sun leaksThu, 26 Nov 2015 17:22:02 GMT
A former Broadmoor Hospital worker who sold stories about patients to the Sun newspaper is jailed for eight months.
Gun attack 'attempt to kill police'Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:08:13 GMT
Police are treating a gun attack on officers in a parked car in west Belfast as attempted murder.
Royals in Malta for three-day tourThu, 26 Nov 2015 17:56:47 GMT
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are in Malta for a three-day tour of the Mediterranean island where they once lived.
New home for the 'last Concorde'Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:08:24 GMT
It has been 12 years since Concorde last took to the skies for a poignant fly-over of home city Bristol.
Liverpool 2-1 BordeauxThu, 26 Nov 2015 22:13:33 GMT
Liverpool reach the Europa League's last 32 with one game to spare after coming from behind to beat Bordeaux.
Billings leads England to T20 winThu, 26 Nov 2015 19:40:03 GMT
Sam Billings' thrilling half-century leads England to a 14-run win over Pakistan in the first Twenty20 international in Dubai.
Celtic 1-2 AjaxThu, 26 Nov 2015 21:54:54 GMT
Celtic are eliminated from the Europa League after losing to Ajax, while group leaders Molde go down to Fenerbahce.
Syria air strikes 'will make us safer'Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:51:05 GMT
David Cameron puts the case for air strikes against IS in Syria - with Jeremy Corbyn at odds with half his shadow cabinet on the issue.
Watch: MPs debate Syria air strikesThu, 26 Nov 2015 21:39:37 GMT
A selection of clips from the House of Commons where MPs debated David Cameron's case for air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria.
Net migration to UK hits record 336,000Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:14:01 GMT
Annual net migration to the UK reaches a record 336,000, with 294,000 people arriving in the UK for work, figures show.
VIDEO: Does UK action in Syria make military sense?Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:33:51 GMT
As David Cameron says launching UK air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will make Britain safer, the BBC's John Simpson reports on the arguments for and against the stance.
VIDEO: Drone used to monitor food waste gasesThu, 26 Nov 2015 19:50:26 GMT
An experimental drone fitted with sensors is being deployed to monitor gases rising from rubbish dumps.
VIDEO: Celebrities grill Murray brothersThu, 26 Nov 2015 17:40:05 GMT
Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray tackle questions from sporting celebrities before the Davis Cup final against Belgium.
VIDEO: Students protest at Hopkins debateThu, 26 Nov 2015 19:18:14 GMT
Students angry that former TV Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins was speaking at a Brunel University debate have walked out in protest.
VIDEO: McDonnell: Red Book point 'was a joke'Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:43:52 GMT
The shadow chancellor said throwing a copy of the Chinese Communist leader's Little Red Book at the chancellor made a serious point.
VIDEO: What is life like inside prison?Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:50:03 GMT
The Victoria Derbyshire programme asked people involved in the prison system in England and Wales to write anonymous letters about their experiences of life inside.
VIDEO: What has Bristol achieved as 'green capital'Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:37:12 GMT
John Maguire visited Bristol, which has been serving as Europe's official Green Capital, to see what the city has achieved in 2015.
VIDEO: Tumbling vicar slips on ice rinkThu, 26 Nov 2015 16:12:51 GMT
A town vicar takes a tumble on church ice rink
What is the UK doing about Syria?Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:51:01 GMT
What is the UK doing about Syria?
What is the Little Red Book?Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:48:14 GMT
What exactly is the Little Red Book?
'I went blind and feel partly to blame'Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:46:55 GMT
'I went blind after neglecting my diabetes'
Does the UK have a problem with whiplash?Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:18:05 GMT
Does the UK have a 'whiplash culture'?
Leaving the UK and going 'home' to GhanaThu, 26 Nov 2015 06:17:13 GMT
Why young professionals are moving from London to Accra
Buster, bust-ups & Boycott of tennisWed, 25 Nov 2015 18:22:19 GMT
Great Britain's run to 1978 Davis Cup final was far from dull
Mark Rylance: From spy to BFGThu, 26 Nov 2015 01:52:29 GMT
Mark Rylance on the biggest film roles of his career