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Actuary of the Future: Michelle Buchanan


Employer and area of work

KPMG, Investment Advisory

How would your best friend describe you?

The perfect balance of geek and chic

What motivates you? 

Being able to earn enough money to travel in luxury and make some really great memories

What would be your personal motto? 

You can re-sit the exam, but you can’t re-sit the party

Name five dream companions to be stuck on a desert island with?

My sister, Carl Cox (and his music collection), Beyoncé, Jonah Hill and David Attenborough 

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit? 

There’s usually a calculator in my handbag

Favourite Excel function?

V Look Up

How do you relax away from the office?

I take dance classes, go see DJs and occasionally dabble in yoga

Alternative career choice?


What song best describes your work ethic?

Kanye West – The New Workout Plan

Greatest risk you have ever taken?

Following on from above, partying way too close to the actuarial exams

If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet?

My ancient ancestors

If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why?

Amanda Seyfried, so we can turn it into a musical

If you could be anyone else, who would it be?

Mariah Carey

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