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Actuary of the future: Khyati Mistry

Employer and area of work
Legal and General — Compulsory Purchase Annuities, Actuarial Pricing.

Describe yourself in three words
Tenacious, dependable, open-minded.

Tell us your formula for success
Always be positive — success comes in cans, failures in can’ts.

What’s your best attribute?
My never-say-die attitude.

And your worst habit?
Biting my lip.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
Excessive use of acronyms in e-mails and text messages!

Alternative career?
Trini-Indo fusion chef — I make the meanest lamb curry!

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?
My mum told me: “Like a shoot, you can reach unimaginable heights once you anchor and shape your life.”

How do you relax away from the office? :
Baking - I like to see the dough rise.

Tell us something unusual about yourself
When I like a song, I play it 34 times in a row... yes, it annoys everyone.

Do you have a famous look-alike?
Bambi - BIG eyes.

Who would play you in a film of your life?
Renee Zellweger - I have a Bridget Jones persona!

What three items would you take to a desert island?
A quatro band to serenade me, a waiter to bring me caipirinhas, and a genie lamp to wish myself off the island.

What is your greatest extravagance?
My SLR Canon 500D camera.

Is the glass half full or half empty?
Neither... it’s exactly 284.130267ml (to six decimal places).

What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
Wearing flat shoes on an icy treacherous downhill road from work. I landed flat on my back... it wasn’t a pretty sight!