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Shayan Shahid, Master of Actuarial Studies

Shayan Shahid

Master of Actuarial Studies

After completing his undergraduate studies in Finance and Actuarial Studies at ANU, Shayan Shahid decided to go on and do his Masters of Actuarial Studies here as well. During his time here, he has thrown himself into student life, participating in student clubs and societies, and also completing an internship at Deloitte.

What did you do prior to starting your Masters of Actuarial Studies at ANU?

I jumped straight into my Masters programme after completing my undergraduate degree from the ANU. As part of my Bachelor’s degree, I studied Actuarial Studies and Finance. While completing my undergraduate, I worked as an intern over two summer breaks at Deloitte in their Canberra office and also worked as a CBE Student Ambassador during my final two years.

I’m currently working at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) as a data analyst. While not directly related to Actuarial Studies, my role there has definitely helped me apply some of the concepts I have learned throughout my degree. It has developed my ability to manipulate and manage big datasets, which is becoming increasingly important in the actuarial sphere.

Why did you choose to do a Masters of Actuarial Studies?

I chose to study a Masters of Actuarial Studies to further enhance the skills I learned during my undergraduate degree. The Masters program allows me to use the technical skills from my undergraduate degree and apply them to real life situations, giving me skills that will be beneficial in the workforce. It also allows me to complete my Part 1 and 2 requirements for the Actuaries Institute.

Tell us about Canberra. What do you do in your spare time?

Despite what others might say, Canberra is a great place to live and study. We’re surrounded by bush and open space, making it a great place for people who love the outdoors. There’s something for everyone here, from sporting grounds to museums and art galleries.

One of the big benefits of the ANU is that it’s situated right next to the CBD and some of the country’s most important institutions. This gives students access a wide range of professional and social opportunities.

In my spare time, I like spending time outdoors, especially at the Arboretum and lake, playing sport, cooking, reading and spending time with friends.

Have you participated in any student clubs or societies?

I am involved with the Actuarial, Finance, Economics and Commerce Students’ Society (AFEC), which helps connect students with companies through networking sessions throughout the year.  I am also involved with Ekta South Asian Students’ Society which hosts several events to showcase South Asian culture.

Shayan, what are your career goals?

My goal is to work as an actuary in the consulting space. ANU has helped provide me with an understanding of actuarial concepts, with the Masters programme furthering those concepts and bridging theory and application.

What has been your favourite course or lecturer so far and why?

My favourite course so far has been Actuarial Control Cycle A1 taught by Aaron Bruhn. The course was different from other actuarial courses I have done as it took a much more holistic and less statistical approach.

It gave you some background information to the financial sector and the differences and similarities between the insurance, banking and superannuation sectors. The course was one of my favourites because it applied the techniques I had learned in a practical way, similar to what you might expect in the workforce.

Aaron was a great lecturer, teaching the course in an easy to understand way and also adding some humour to the course. Two of my other favourite courses, Life Contingencies and Financial Mathematics were also taught by Aaron.

What advice would you give to new ANU students?

Don’t be afraid to seek help from the lecturers. All of the lecturers I’ve had have all been incredibly friendly and approachable. A lot of them have years of industry experience and really know their subject matter. So don’t be afraid to ask them questions in class or after class.

And make sure to get involved with the different clubs and societies. You meet so many different people and it really does make the ANU experience a whole lot better. 

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