Lee Faulkner is a non-traditional actuary, born in Britain, who has lived and worked in a wide range of other countries including Spain, Mexico, Argentina, and now Hong Kong. He describes himself as ‘Latin, Asian and British’ and knows all about being an expat! As you’ll see below, Lee has a delightful sense of humour, is strongly mission-driven, and isn’t afraid of pushing beyond his comfort zone (and encouraging all of us to do the same). He’s been an English language teacher during his career too, and has started a business ‘taking on the big boys’. Here are Lee’s reflections:
“Age - the Stuff of Excuses
I’m approaching 60 so, according to the world I’ve grown up in, I should now be thinking about winding down my career and focusing on best-buy slippers and pipes. But that feels wrong - if a life well-lived means anything it has to be sharing what you’ve learned and using your experience to help out those around you. I can’t wind down - every year I find still more ways of ratcheting up; yes, I need the cash (and yes - all those warnings about not contributing enough to a pension scheme have come home to roost!) but more importantly I have an overwhelming feeling of “not having finished”. There’s more to do. I don’t have kids, so I won’t have a biological legacy, but I have a brain and a mouth that I’m not afraid to use so they’ll be the tools of my legacy instead.
I don’t think I could ever rest until I see professionals doing what I’ve always thought we should do - using our skills to help those that really need us, not the companies that pay us. We’ve been hiding ourselves away for too long, and now’s the time for a professional coming out!
Over 500 registrations, 50 speakers, 5 days… This week we explored your career questions in a series of panel discussions featuring our professional mentors, career coaches and external guests. It was a truly international virtual conference covering various aspects of our development as professionals. We were fortunate to be joined by panelists and audience members spanning multiple timezones over the course of #ProWeek – thank you all for being a part of it, for sharing your insights, and for posing challenging career questions!
We trust that the experiences and suggestions shared by each of our prestigious panelists are helpful to you in actively managing your career, allowing you to march forward with confidence as a professional, whether you are newly qualified, mid-career, or phasing into retirement. A wide range of professions was represented at #ProWeek, including accounting, asset/investment management, banking, risk management, actuarial, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, psychology and more...
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Topics we explored over the course of our #ProWeek Professional Development conference were broad, and designed to address common career questions our proteges face, while showcasing the backgrounds and specialities of our professional mentors and career coaches. For each of the topics, we’ve also prepared a post-panel page sharing additional resources Protagion offers to help you, either on-your-own, in a group, or one-to-one with our mentors and coaches. Every post-panel page (each including links to some of our related free career articles) can be reached by clicking on the panel topic below:
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