Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sexy and We Know it -Opinion

The first warning sign that your occupation may not be as glamorous as a rock star, as heroic as a firefighter, or as honorable as a teacher, is when your profession needs its own image campaign.
It’s like trying to say you aren’t desperate without sounding desperate.
The way I see it, actuaries gain instant sex appeal as soon as they embark on their career path.  Now, I’ll admit that we may never make a top ten list of sexiest careers, but the point I want to make is that the sex appeal for actuaries is at least greater than zero.
People have tendency to point out the things we have stacked against us: introverts by nature, strong love of video games, sci-fi movies, and fantasy books, high likelihood to use the word ‘likelihood’ in conversations.  However, until now, no one has presented the things we have in our favor.
Take for example the arsenal of pick-up lines that an actuarial student will be able to deploy as they progress through the exam track.
Exam P: “Want to integrate?”
Exam FM: “With me, you’ll never lose interest.”
MLC: “I always keep something in reserve.”
MFE:  “I know about all sorts of exotic options.”
C: “You’re gorgeous, and that comes from a guy who stares at models all day”
Disclaimer:  These lines have not been vetted for success.  They simply serve as illustrations that now a nerd can have some game.
Continuing on to FSA exams, the actuary now adds depth.  The struggle of these exams either leads to triumph or failure.  In the case of triumph, confidence soars and can be used to channel an inner Casanova.   Failure, if played the right way, will have the same emotional effect as a sad-faced puppy and Sarah McLachlan music, exploiting the sympathetic side of human nature that ends in nuzzling and cuddling.  Both cases will lead the exam taker to a bar, and there anything can happen.
After exams, actuaries earn nice paychecks. This means actuaries can afford to wear nicer clothes, drive above average cars, and dine at restaurants after happy hour. Money may not buy sexiness, but it doesn’t hurt.
Ultimately, the proof is all around us. Looking around, I see a large population of actuaries who are married and have kids, and most of these situations were based on a mutual agreement that can only take place is the sex appeal of the actuary involved is at least greater than zero. 

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