Last week I came across a new post on LinkedIn that was starting to divide opinion, so I’m keen to share it with you along with some suggestions from Protagion and hear your thoughts.
The author is an ambitious South African, who studied Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics at the University of Pretoria, and is still new to the world of work. His short post was about on-the job experience:
Food for thought: working 60 hours per week gives you 50% more work experience in the same amount of time than a peer working 40 hours per week in the same position.”
Original post, including others' comments :
While mathematically true, Tristan’s post spurred a strong reaction from some of his connections, with some arguing:
In this post, we share a TEDx talk by a man who describes himself as “a guy who possesses no special gift of talent or skill”, yet he has successfully applied a system of decision-making to achieving amazing things in his life, across very different areas. In the video, Stephen Duneier covers an eclectic mix of his achievements, including: career success (in the investment management field), learning a new language, completing a half-marathon (the Pier to Peak), flying a helicopter, yarnbombing, and becoming a Guinness World Record holder. The video is roughly 18 minutes long.
What stands between us and achieving even our most ambitious dreams has far less to do with possessing some magical skill or talent, and far more to do with how we approach problems and make decisions to solve them”
His approach can be paraphrased as follows:
In our third instalment of our Routes to the Top series for "The Actuary" magazine, more senior executives share the paths their careers have taken, and offer advice to progress in our own professional lives.
This article was published in the September 2018 edition of "The Actuary":
This month, we conclude our set of ten vignettes with insights from some general insurance, insurtech and startup actuarial leaders, building on our August article which showcased the experiences of three life and health leaders across insurance and reinsurance. May their pioneering stories inspire you to consider what you want from your own career in future, including reflecting on your personal strengths and achievements, and defining areas where ongoing learning could help you to develop further.