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Akash Maheshwari

Akash Maheshwari

Odds on bet for brilliant Actuarial career

16 December 2016

For recent ANU graduate Akash Maheshwari, a bright career with EY awaits.  We caught up with Akash after his graduation ceremony to discuss his time at the ANU College of Business and Economics

Why did you choose your ANU program?

I was always passionate and excelled highly in my secondary mathematical education. Combining this with the high demand for skills in the business world I believed beginning my career in a double degree Bachelor of Actuarial Studies/ Bachelor of Finance would be a strong foundation.

Choosing this double degree stream at ANU has allowed me to enter into the professional world with both strong theoretical and practical skills in assessing and valuing risks in our financial world today.  

Actuarial studies provide very valuable skills in being able to quantify and assess the financial risk in the world around us today. In addition to this, actuarial techniques are transferrable across a range of different business areas and are compensated highly for their unique skills.
Finance provides a more in depth understanding of the evolving financial market we are in today. It complements Actuarial Studies highly by demonstrating the relationships between the various financial markets and instruments.   

What was your view of ANU before you arrived, and how has that changed over your time?

Aside from their highly modern buildings and the bundle of business related degrees they offer, I did not know much about the College of Business and Economics. I have grown to truly appreciate all the vast resources, skills, support network and state of the art tools CBE offers to provide a holistic educational experience. 

The support network was amazing, to ensure a strong communication bridge between students and their lecturers and tutors. CBE invests heavily in programming tools to help with statistical learning in my Actuarial studies as well as wide space for students to study in groups or individually in their buildings. 

The new addition of a café has really brightened the main office and brought about a friendlier environment for students and academics to spend their time on campus. 

What was your favorite experience academically?

My favourite experience academically would be the practical aspect of my educational development. From first year I was given access to software such as R and Excel to solve problems that are currently at the forefront of finance and quantifying risks. 

This would be my favourite learning experience as the skills I gained during these exercises were very relevant to the nature of work I had to conduct in my internships and work experience, which gave me an advantage over students from other universities. I felt more comfortable and confident in the workplace, and I felt these practical skills really helped to cement the theoretical ideas that were put forth to us during our undergraduate education. 

How have you grown as a result of uni life?

I realise that the campus has also helped to develop my social and interpersonal skills preparing me for more than just my professional career in this world. 

In particular, with hundreds of student and institutional societies, I realised there is a place for everyone and help you to become who you are. These societies hold numerous events throughout the year and have given me lifelong friends that I never would have met otherwise. 

I have grown to appreciate having a more balanced but proactive lifestyle. I realised the importance of focusing on other aspects of life such as work, volunteering and social gatherings in addition to academics in trying to be the best person that I can be.   

What are your plans for 2017?

I loved my experience at ANU and CBE. I have secured an amazing graduate job opportunity with Ernst & Young working in their Actuarial Advisory team.  My ANU journey continues and I will be furthering my education, studying at CBE in order to qualify towards becoming a Fellow of the Institute Actuaries of Australia (FIAA).  

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