Jack Welch, one of America's most legendary CEOs of all time, increased General Electric (GE)'s value by over 40-fold during his 20-year tenure as the chief. From a chemical engineer in GE's plastics division, to the company's youngest VP and eventually the Chairman and CEO, his professional journey is the embodiment of growth. Some people love him with passion, some despise his views on many things, but I do believe we all can learn something immensely valuable from his professional success. As I'm reading this book, I constantly reflect on myself, and discovered so many pearls of wisdom. The following are my top takeaways from each of the four sections in his bestseller, Winning
Ronald Chang, President, UPS Capital; Chairman, NAAAP Board of Directors: "Busy people always find ways to do multiple tasks at the same time. That's what leadership and good management skills all about: you being able to work with others.. be part of a team to deliver results."
An amazing memoir by Nike's co-founder, Shoe Dog chronicles Phil Knight's journey from a college grad doing soul searching to founding a company with a team of extremely talented misfits like him. Phil narrated his stories so well that I felt I'm reliving the moments with him. My top takeaways from this book: 1. Do what you believe in; 2. 2. Grow and compete with yourself; 3. Be fearless and fail fast; 4.It's more than business.
This article was first published and featured on Society of Actuaries (SOA)'s website. I wrote it right after I graduated from college to reflect on my four-year journey. I'm deeply grateful for those who have provided me with guidance and the things I've learned along the way. It is my sincere hope that the three steps outlined in this article will help current college students and others who desire to have a rewarding actuarial journey.
Being able to see that there is something I can learn from each single person I meet is a powerful mentality that has not only empowered me to consciously develop myself to become a better person, but also helped me to cultivate positivity and become a happier individual. When I looked back at the past four years since I moved to the United States, I almost had tears in my eyes when I realize how much my “teachers” have shaped who I am today.
Student representatives from 25 Centers of Actuarial Excellence (CAE) universities in the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong gathered downtown Chicago on Aug. 14–15 to attend the Society of Actuaries (SOA) 2014 CAE Student Summit. I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the two representatives from Temple University to attend this wonderful annual event. Although only two days, it was an extremely valuable experience. I’d like to share a few things I learned, and some inspirations I received from this conference.
We all know that commonly, a nice resume will only get you a chance to be interviewed by recruiters – and an interview itself is a make-it-or-break-it process. In this article, I will discuss the power of storytelling during actuarial interviews. This is something I learned through numerous interview workshops I attended at my university and through my own interview experience (which helped me to obtain four actuarial summer internship offers when I was a sophomore).
I was fortunate enough to be selected as a member of an actuarial development summer internship program this year. Although it has been only one month, it has been one of the best learning experiences in my life. I would love to share what I have learned so far as it may benefit all other actuarial students who will be looking for internships.
When I reflected back, I realized that the study manual only allowed me to understand the materials, but not how to effectively apply them to solve problems. What I did with my Exam FM first attempt is comparable to starting to drive a car right after passing the knowledge test, but without behind-the-wheel practice.