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.

A Millennial’s View on Death & Life (Part 1: Death)

When I first read Dr. Atul Gawande's Being Mortal and wrote a blog article about it, I have never had any experience of death outside actuarial mortality modeling. I didn’t truly understand the meaning of this word “limit,” especially when it comes to the time we have on this earth.

In the past half a year, for the first time in my life, I had to deal with the passing of family members and friends. I gained some new perspectives on life I never had before.

How to Improve Your Productivity by Daydreaming

For all professionals who thrive on uniqueness and idiosyncrasies, there is a common wish: more time. Although everyone has 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week, achieving full productivity remains a golden rule for business success and it is not surprising to see that the very topic of Productivity on LinkedIn now has … Continue reading How to Improve Your Productivity by Daydreaming

3 ways to create a world of purpose. | Mark Zuckerberg at 2017 Harvard Commencement

Unlike typical commencement speeches that tell students to find and pursue personal purpose, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took it one step further by encouraging 2017 Harvard graduates to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose. "Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness." He outlined three ways to create such a world of purpose: 1. Take on big meaningful projects together. 2. Redefine equality so everyone has the freedom to pursue purpose. 3. Build community across the world.

3 things I learned from running my first 10-mile race while listening to The Magic of Thinking BIG

As I reflect back on this race, I realized I could only break through those self-imposed physical limitations after my mind did. Think BIG, Take ACTION, Think PROGRESS. I hope this experience can serve as a reminder for you and me that limitation is only a state of mind - we are much more powerful than we think.

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.