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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. US wants 'strong UK in strong EU'Sat, 13 Feb 2016 17:36:58 GMT
The US has a "profound interest" in a strong UK staying in a strong European Union, says US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Gas fields 'could supply whole country'Sun, 14 Feb 2016 00:22:17 GMT
Newly opened gas fields off Shetland could supply the whole of Scotland at peak production, analysts say.
British stars hope to shine at BaftasSun, 14 Feb 2016 00:50:26 GMT
Idris Elba, Eddie Redmayne, Dame Maggie Smith and Kate Winslet are among the British stars hoping to win a Bafta on Sunday.
Church defends Dawkins prayer tweetSun, 14 Feb 2016 01:22:21 GMT
The Church of England defends a tweet it sent, praying for secularist Richard Dawkins after he suffered a stroke.
Missing sex offender hands himself inSat, 13 Feb 2016 22:52:25 GMT
A convicted child sex offender who has been the subject of a manhunt since going missing on Wednesday hands himself in to police.
Wales 27-23 ScotlandSat, 13 Feb 2016 20:50:32 GMT
Wales produce a late surge to earn their first win of the 2016 Six Nations against battling Scotland in Cardiff
Surgery to end Smith's Paralympic dreamSat, 13 Feb 2016 15:39:33 GMT
Paralympic cycling hopeful David Smith needs more surgery on a spinal tumour, ending his chances of competing in Rio.
Cyber attackers in ransom demandSat, 13 Feb 2016 22:53:29 GMT
Businesses in Guernsey are being targeted by cyber attackers who demand a ransom to recover lost files, police say.
Cement study seeks nuclear waste solutionSun, 14 Feb 2016 00:31:53 GMT
UK scientists say they have produced a new mix of cement that should be much more effective at containing nuclear waste in a deep repository.
Isles of Scilly declared 'rat free'Sat, 13 Feb 2016 18:11:06 GMT
Two of the Isles of Scilly are declared "rat free" after a scheme to protect sea birds by killing more than 3,000 rodents was successful.
'Glamorous' service station turns 50Sun, 14 Feb 2016 00:39:23 GMT
A "once glamorous" motorway service station on the M1 is celebrating its 50th birthday.
Street signs to remember pit disasterSat, 13 Feb 2016 10:49:56 GMT
The streets of a new housing estate in a Greater Manchester town are to be named after miners who died in a Victorian pit disaster.
England forward options please HodgsonSun, 14 Feb 2016 00:03:06 GMT
Roy Hodgson tells the BBC his attacking options are "as strong as they have been" since he became England boss in 2012.
England still improving - BaylissSun, 14 Feb 2016 00:01:56 GMT
England coach Trevor Bayliss says England are playing exciting cricket, but still have plenty to learn.
Valencia 2-1 EspanyolSat, 13 Feb 2016 23:51:24 GMT
Gary Neville says it is a relief to earn his first league win as Valencia manager but admits he still has a big job to do.
Trident 'lets UK punch above weight'Sat, 13 Feb 2016 05:21:39 GMT
Britain must keep its Trident nuclear weapons system if it wants to play a significant role in the world, the US defence secretary tells the BBC.
Police examine Tory by-election claimsFri, 12 Feb 2016 17:53:44 GMT
Nottinghamshire Police is looking at evidence relating to accusations of overspending by the Conservative Party during the 2014 Newark by-election.
GCHQ computer hacking ruled lawfulFri, 12 Feb 2016 15:51:57 GMT
Britain's spies are not breaking the law when they secretly hack into computers and smart phones, a tribunal rules.
Focus on EU rules and rowsSun, 14 Feb 2016 00:05:27 GMT
As the summit on the UK's EU reform plans approaches, Sunday's press highlight the concerns of both the "In" and "Out" camps.
VIDEO: Families 'priced out of housing market'Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:03:31 GMT
Many younger families in the UK are being priced out of the property market.
VIDEO: Ancient recipe could be modern cureSun, 14 Feb 2016 00:23:42 GMT
A 1000 year old Anglo Saxon medical book has been found to contain a recipe which could help fight against MRSA
VIDEO: Life on board a nuclear submarineSat, 13 Feb 2016 00:39:49 GMT
The BBC's Scotland editor Sarah Smith is granted rare access onboard one of Britain's Trident nuclear submarines.
VIDEO: Helpline launched for abuse whistle-blowersSat, 13 Feb 2016 09:01:08 GMT
A new whistleblowers' helpline is being launched, aimed at employees unhappy about the way their organisation has responded to child protection concerns.
VIDEO: School support staff 'taken for granted'Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:04:37 GMT
The majority of classroom support staff claim they have done the work of a fully-qualified teacher, according to a survey.
VIDEO: 'Disgrace to humanity' game still going strongSat, 13 Feb 2016 09:07:44 GMT
It was described as a "disgrace to humanity", but the Shrovetide football match in Ashbourne in Derbyshire is still going strong.
VIDEO: Blind pianist takes centre stageFri, 12 Feb 2016 20:22:33 GMT
Despite being blind from birth, Rachel Starritt recently took centre stage in a festival on Beethoven's music.
The rise of the romantic robotSun, 14 Feb 2016 00:44:13 GMT
The rise of the romantic robot
Weekend Edition: The week's best readsFri, 12 Feb 2016 17:31:40 GMT
The week's best reads
Manifesto tracker: EconomyFri, 12 Feb 2016 17:39:18 GMT
How is the government doing on its manifesto commitments?
Why are some Sikh women now wearing the turban?Sun, 14 Feb 2016 01:03:58 GMT
Why are some Sikh women now wearing the turban?
Cycling doctor declares world better than expectedSun, 14 Feb 2016 00:54:07 GMT
Doctor cycles round the world and gives it a clean bill of health
The blind boy who learned to see with soundFri, 12 Feb 2016 14:18:24 GMT
The blind boy who learned to find his way around using echoes
'Sea monster' taking shape at museumSat, 13 Feb 2016 00:44:56 GMT
Plesiosaur 'sea monster' bones put back together