Future Pathways is an event where our students and young actuaries take the stage, which has always been highly anticipated within the Society.
This year the popularity of the event has been expanded to universities across New Zealand especially with the Actuarial Science Bachelor and Master programmes at Victoria University of Wellington. There was a great turnout from different groups of members, as well as university students, which added up to almost 100 people attending across both Auckland and Wellington.
We were very lucky that this event could still be held in person regardless of the challenges from COVID-19, with presenters able to travel to Auckland and Wellington. Where speakers or guests could not attend the event, we incorporated a zoom link. The event went smoothly, and we have received good feedback from the speakers and guests. As we understand the increasing demand for online options, we will keep this in mind for future considerations when holding and planning for future events.
Like previous years, the presentations showcased the varied and interesting topics related but not limited to our roles as actuaries.
- Kira van Os and Shashini Abeygunawardena from EY spoke about the looming risk of climate change, which has become an increasingly important and heavily debated topic around the world, with a special focus on Actuarial roles in addressing this climate risk. A copy of their presentation was kindly distributed to those that registered for the event, containing links to resources that attendees may find particularly interesting after getting a thorough overview from the speakers during their presentation.
- Sarah Cullen and Manan Chadha from Deloitte, presented on the potential risk of the next pandemic, a topic that continues to be relevant with the ongoing health- and economic impacts associated with COVID-19. They gave a thorough outline of the reasons, risks and uncertainties that form part of such pandemics and how actuaries can predict and model for the next outbreak.
- Connor Sullivan and Josh Giles from Finity, compared the pathways into the actuarial profession in NZ and overseas amidst skilled worker shortages. Specifically, they examined the supply and demand of student and early career actuaries, and discussed the unique position of New Zealand’s multiple pathways into the actuarial profession.
The Student Committee of the NZSA organised the Future Pathways event, and are always on the lookout for more volunteers, so if you’d like to be involved in future events such as this, please get in touch! We will be gathering feedback on this year’s event shortly and l ok forward to taking this on board for future, Future Pathways events.