I need some advice from some other people who are as keen as I am to secure a grad job ASAP. I am a pure maths student at Royal Holloway, and I’ve just gotten a first for my second year and I’m pretty sure I’ll get a first overall. I’ve got ABCb in Maths, Media, French and Further Maths AS and I’ve little relevant work experience with actuary - essentially all I’ve done is some work experience in an IT department along with cleaning work at Heathrow.
I always loved maths and I love stats too, and that’s why I did them both as a degree. I’m not keen on the lack of mathematics in accountancy and hence I’ve decided on a career in actuary. However, it seems that almost all firms have filled their internship/work experience positions and now I don’t know what to do.
I’ve got my heart set on spending the summer getting fit and boosting my confidence, but I just can’t help but be absolutely petrified about grad applications that are getting closer and closer. I’ve been trying to get a temp job in admin/data entry for a while and even then I simply can’t get anything… probably because they know I’ll be leaving come September.
I’ve always been told that the analytical abilities that I have will put me in good standing… I’m currently in the top 5% of my year, but it seems that my friends who have gotten 2:2’s this year are telling me that good grades along with a passion for the industry simply isn’t enough to get an employers attention. Is this true, or are they just trying to scare me?