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Actuary of the future: Charchit Agrawal

Employer and area of work
Ernst & Young LLP, non-life.

Date entered Profession
July 2005.

Describe yourself in three words
Diligent, receptive, honest.

What’s your best attribute?
Willingness to learn and appreciate out-of-the- box ideas.

And your worst habit?
Snoozing past the alarm clock.

Alternative career?
Environmentalist.

Tell us your formula for success
Focused hard work combined with lots of travelling.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Ties and cuff-links.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
Complaining about situations unnecessarily.

How do you relax away from the office?
Watching the news and movies, and reading blogs.

Tell us something unusual about yourself
I am an excellent cook!

What three items would you take to a desert island?
My music player with old Bollywood songs, a book on desert flora and fauna and the mortality tables.

Do you have a famous look-a-like?
The other handsome guy exists only in mirrors!

Best piece of advice you’ve been given?
No knowledge ever goes to waste — my father told me that as a child.

Is the glass half full or half empty?
Half full; I’m always optimistic, but am still looking to fill the remaining half.

What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
Leaving my job at EMB India and coming to the UK.