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    What are the best computer skills for one to have to start in the actuarial field?

  • #2
    Originally posted by gizmo
    What are the best computer skills for one to have to start in the actuarial field?
    Get familiar with Excel and Access. Most insurance companies utilize these programs. If you want to be adventurous, you could try learning VBA Excel/Access - the macro language.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by gizmo
      What are the best computer skills for one to have to start in the actuarial field?
      aCCESS and EXCEL are the most recomended especially learning the tools tabs etc of these two, you can go miles.
      well VBA may be also assistful and also lotus though some companies do not realy require lotus but its an advantage to have it.
      my sun sets to rise again!!

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      • #4
        What about SAS ? ?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DaddyO
          What about SAS ? ?
          If you know it, great. If you don't, it's not a big deal. Most companies will have a training class in SAS, VBA, or any other software you'll be using. You don't want to walk into the interview saying, "Um...what is Excel?" but you don't have to have a certificate from Microsoft to show you know how to use it, either.
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          • #6
            Best computer skills to have?

            Hi
            Friend
            At first you may start with office package with ACCESS and EXCEL, and mostly learn some micro languages. It can be helping you.
            :smiloe:

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            • #7
              What's micro and macro language? I know Excel has this function with macros but I never actually knew how to use it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jessica Chung View Post
                What's micro and macro language? I know Excel has this function with macros but I never actually knew how to use it.
                You should try recording a macro and then looking at the VBA code behind it. One way to learn VBA and it will def. come in handy esp. in your early actuarial career when you are doing repeatable tasks.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by stellarindia01
                  Hi friends

                  I am Joseph from London. In my opinion MS-Excel is the best for Actuary user.

                  Joseph
                  Excel is used a lot but you should be familiar with Access and probably SAS for some companies.

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                  • #10
                    Does anyone have a book to recommend to help with VBA?

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                    • #11
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                      • #12
                        There are many books but I suggest " Excel Power Programming With Vba" by John Walkenbach. You can search it on net also. I am sure this will be very helpful and informative.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Irish Blues View Post
                          If you know it, great. If you don't, it's not a big deal. Most companies will have a training class in SAS, VBA, or any other software you'll be using. You don't want to walk into the interview saying, "Um...what is Excel?" but you don't have to have a certificate from Microsoft to show you know how to use it, either.

                          My brothers/sisters SAS is now a big deal. Many companies can't spend to train workers for SAS any more. I attended Forecasting conference/training last year and spend over $5k just for fees and hotel. As a matter of fact SAS certification can take you farther than you can imagine. visit this site http://support.sas.com/certify/creds/bp.html

                          I will be attending M2010 conference in vegas this year.

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