IFoA communities is your new online digital community. Here’s how to get started on the platform.
I FoA communities is a place for you to link up globally, discuss emerging topics, learn from experts, meet like-minded individuals and collaborate in an organic, easy-to-navigate environment.
Our practice area boards, committee members and volunteers have spent the past few months building a rich and active community, ready for you to join hot-topic debates and access a range of engaging actuarial content.
IFoA communities is a space built by members for members, where you can quickly and easily find relevant practice area information, events and resources, and share your views on IFoA initiatives and activities.
“Through IFoA communities, I have made connections with actuaries from different practice areas and locations.
The platform has created a vibrant community where we are more able to engage in idea sharing – something that was not possible without it. I have had insightful discussions with student and qualified actuaries about non-exam related topics, such as sustainability.”
Simbarashe Manzungu, data analytics consultant at Deloitte (Zimbabwe) and research volunteer in the IFoA Sustainability Volunteer Group
“The communities platform is a really easy way to be in touch with actuaries I have known for years, and also to liaise with actuaries that I am meeting for the first time now.
“I have joined the Life and Sustainability groups, both of which are going to be useful in my work. The Sustainability group provides easy access to a weekly news update newsletter and other great resources.
“I have already exchanged messages and had meetings with people who work in different actuarial disciplines and indeed different continents from me. I expect that the platform will enable connections easily.”
Patrick Cleary, senior actuary at the Prudential Regulation Authority and member of the IFoA Sustainability Board
You can start or join a discussion on any subject in our all-member forum or take part in topic-based discussions in our community group forums. The forums are great places to collaborate, learn and problem-solve with your peers, as well as keep up with emerging topics and debates in your areas of interest. You can also start your own discussion on topics you want to hear about.
It’s easy to find and connect with your peers and colleagues in IFoA communities. Click on the Members tab to see who else is online, or search for community members by geography, job title or shared areas of interest.
Once you have connected with someone initially, you can then contact them by direct message.
Visit our community groups to find out more about our practice areas and discuss hot topics and the latest research in the community group forum. You can explore topics in depth through the community collection of The Actuary articles, new blog posts on developments in the field and links to relevant community resources.
You can also subscribe to daily or weekly email digests so you don’t miss any new community publications, discussions or activities – a great way for you to stay up to date. By joining community groups, you can connect with like-minded individuals and collaborate on topics that are of interest to you. You can share interesting resources and updates by posting on the community group home page or run polls to get a snapshot of your peers’ views on emerging issues.
You will be able to read the latest practice area board updates, which cover recent board initiatives and activities, and stay abreast of volunteer vacancies and opportunities to get involved. Meanwhile, in our IFoA highlights area, you can explore the latest IFoA news, updates and events.
Keep updated – join today
For links to IFoA events and IFoA news, find them in the announcements section.
In one click you can navigate to a range of resources that will support your career development, including our virtual learning environment, the IFoA buddy system, careers blog content and The Actuary jobs board.
You can also keep up with the latest IFoA press releases, social media posts and podcast feed, all in one place.
Now you have the details, why not go and find out all about it for yourself? Don’t forget to spread the word to your friends and colleagues in the industry. This initiative really offers something worthwhile for everyone.
How to join
If you haven’t already joined IFoA communities, simply log into your members’ area on the IFoA website (actuaries.org.uk/user) and click on the IFoA communities logo.
Once you have logged into IFoA communities, the platform instructions will explain how to set up your profile and get started. As soon as you set up your profile, you’ll be able to create a new discussion or join an existing one, and contact other community members directly.
You can learn more about IFoA communities by signing up to any of our platform events and demonstrations. All our IFoA communities support events are listed under ‘communities events’ in our IFoA highlights area; simply click on the event you would like to attend and then on ‘register’.
Don’t miss out
Join our new actuarial digital community. We look forward to welcoming you.