Kane was an intern at Finity before joining us as a graduate in 2018.
He shares his insights in his experience.

It's probably true that in the 10 weeks I interned at Finity, I learnt more about being an actuary than I would have in 10 years at university.

Kane

When was your internship at Finity?

My summer internship was from November 2016 until February 2017.

When did you join Finity as a permanent employee?

I joined Finity as a graduate in 2018.

Why did you choose to apply for a summer internship at Finity?

Going into the application process, I heard a lot about the culture at Finity and it definitely lives up to the hype. It's a fun office to be in and there are a lot of opportunities for young actuaries to learn and grow, which is exactly what I was hoping for.

The application process itself was a lot friendlier than most other companies - the whole way along I was talking, either over the phone or face-to-face, with real people and the HR team was very considerate and flexible, helping to work around some timing issues I had with the application process. As I'm sure you know, it's refreshing to be treated like a person, and not just another CV.

What did you gain from your internship?

Nothing beats practical experience. It's probably true that in the 10 weeks I interned at Finity, I learnt more about being an actuary than I would have in 10 years at university, especially about the different types of work available and what the average day for an analyst entails doing. I picked up some cool software skills - people at Finity are really smart in the way that they code and use Excel, and by the end of the internship I could use Excel without touching a mouse and was fairly handy with R. It was also quite a different experience for me in general, I had never worked full time or in an office before and the internship was a good taste of what life after uni is like.

What were the highlights of your summer internship at Finity?

When you hear about Finity, invariably you hear about the celebrations; team lunches, exam dares and the Christmas party were just a few that I got to take part in while I was an intern. Apart from being really fun, these events are a great way to settle into Finity and your team, which was perfect for someone like me, who had not been around particularly long. On the work side of things, one massive highlight was when I was lucky enough to be able to attend a client meeting and help present results to the client. Usually you would be preparing the results for more senior people to present, so this exposure to the client side of consulting work was an exciting opportunity.  to absorb as much information as you can and ask questions if you're not sure about something.

What tips would you give interns?

Try to absorb as much information as you can and ask questions if you're not sure about something or want to learn more. Everyone understands that you're new and probably have no actuarial work experience (like me, when I was an intern), so they are always willing to help you learn and will appreciate your enthusiasm and interest. Also, it may be clichéd, but be yourself. Don't worry about 'looking the part' and don't stress about getting a graduate position, if you come in with an attitude where you are willing to learn and show that you work well with others, the rest will take care of itself. Good luck!

For more information about internships

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