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Actuary of the future: Evans Matamisa

Employer and area of work
Prudential UK, Actuarial.

Date entered Profession
September 2008.

Describe yourself in three words
Motivated, ambitious, trustworthy.

What’s your best attribute?
I’m very adaptable and can cope well in various environments.

And your worst habit?
I’m quite prone to impulsive buying. As a precaution, I try to steer clear of gadget shops.

Alternative career?
Commercial pilot.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
I’m often in a hurry so it can be a bit frustrating when people stand on the left-hand side on escalators.

Tell us your formula for success
I believe that if anything is worth doing then it’s worth doing properly, so I always try to ensure that everything I do is done to the best of my ability.

How do you relax away from the office?
I enjoy swimming and watching all sorts of documentaries and motorsports.

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Seize every opportunity.

Tell us something unusual about yourself
I have a terrible case of arachnophobia. If you ever need to get sensitive information out of me, just place me in a room with the tiniest spider you can find — I’ll tell you everything!

Who would play you in a film of your life?
Will Smith — he’s got brilliant box office appeal and would therefore earn me a decent amount in royalties.

What three items would you take to a desert island?
A box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, a small aircraft and a pilot.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Travelling — I spend quite a lot on little getaways and holidays.

Is the glass half full or half empty?
Definitely half full. I think pessimism impedes progress sometimes.