The Road Less Traveled: My Decision to Explore Data Science

In 2018 summer, I decided to disrupt my career by leaving my actuarial science comfort zone and take a new role in data science. In the next two years, I will document my data science journey and write learning journals to gather pearls of wisdom in #dataScience, #machineLearning, #AI, and other cool things I learned along the way. I hope my journals will serve as an effective learning & motivation tool for myself and others who are also interested in this career path.

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

A complex man with simple taste, the "Oracle of Omaha," Warren Buffett is the only person to have built a Fortune 500 top 10 company from scratch. The Snowball did an amazing job chronicling Buffett’s journey – the business of life. To Buffett, “The purpose of life is to be loved by as many people as possible among those you want to have love you.”

“Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown. Here is How.” Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

Daniel Coyle, New York Times bestselling author, began his journey of unveiling the secrets of talent development by visiting talent hotbeds around the world. His discovery answered some essential questions that lots of us learners have: How are talents developed? How do we learn best? How to accelerate our skill development?

Rethinking the 100 hour rule of studying for actuarial exams

By studying smarter, you can reclaim your schedule and live a balanced lifestyle. For any actuarial student feeling overwhelmed by the demands of studying, learning how to study is a meta skill that will lead to a more successful career. - Mike Jennings, ASA, CERA, Co-author of Actuarial Exam Tactics: Learn More, Study Less.

Networking Tactics: Conversation Stack & Personal Branding Statement

I had the pleasure of attending a Dale Carnegie Training course this week - "Selling Your Value and Building Your Personal Brand." I'd like to share with you three things that will help you in all networking events: become a better conversationalist through conversation stack and sell your value through a personal branding statement.

Glass Ceiling And How to Break Through

I became very interested in the "glass ceiling" topic ever since I heard about this term as a freshman in college. This invisible career barrier is prevalent in Corporate America, politics, Silicon Valley, and beyond - it hinders minority professionals from reaching the top of whatever mountains they're climbing.

I was a bit upset by it because I'm a firm believer of the American Dream, and this social issue seemed to contradict this splendid dream that many people have. At a 2015 conference at Harvard Business School, I asked the keynote speaker, Angela Chao, Deputy Chairman of Foremost Group, a question about glass ceiling. What Angela said that day still inspires me two years later. She recognized this social issue, but at the same time, she challenged me to think beyond the victim mentality. She asked me, "What can you do to be part of the solution?"

Interview: Z’s Actuarial Journey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM__xlwiqiQ&rel=0 Interviewed by Nemo Ashong, ActuarialJourney to talk about my actuarial journey from Temple University to the workplace: challenges I had and things I learned along the way: extra-curricular activities, preparing for actuarial exams, privatization, power of seeking help, time management, growth mindset, etc. Journey on! 🙂 Read an article about ActuarialJourney (formerly known as ProSocial Learning) … Continue reading Interview: Z’s Actuarial Journey