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Shonal pursues her actuarial ambitions

Shonal pursues her actuarial ambitions

14 December 2017

ANU College of Business and Economics student Shonal Dutt is graduating with a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies and a Bachelor of Finance.

Like many students, she began her degree not entirely sure where it would take her, but over the course of her time at ANU she has taken every opportunity to discover her passions and career interests.

“I chose to pursue Actuarial Studies as I had an interest in maths and was seeking a challenge. When I started, I didn’t completely understand what an actuary did and how their work helps inform decision making.”

She says that her internships with both Quantium and Ernst & Young (EY), and her subsequent part-time work with EY in Canberra have helped her realise some of the applications of actuarial science in business.

“At Quantium, I was exposed to non-traditional actuarial work which utilised data analytics to better understand the behaviours of consumers.

"Throughout my time at EY, I have realised that I could use analytics to inform major decisions made by government and insurance companies and help solve complex business problems through developing strategic solutions.”

She also co-founded the ANU Actuarial Society, which she led in the position of Corporate Relations Director.

These experiences fuelled her desire to pursue a career as an actuary.

Shonal was happy to land a graduate position as an Actuarial Consultant at EY Canberra, as is looking forward to beginning this role in 2018.

“As an Actuarial Consultant, I’ll use analytical methods to develop strategic solutions to complex business problems, particularly for government departments, and clearly communicate these results to key stakeholders.”

In addition, Shonal will continue her study at ANU, undertaking a Masters of Actuarial Studies part-time, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries Australia.

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