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.
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.