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Actuary of the future: Varun Sood

Employer and area of work
Global actuarial function, HSBC, life insurance.

Date entered Profession
November 2007.

Describe yourself in three words
Independent, noble and global.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The team I work with. It is based across two continents, yet works seamlessly.

And the worst?
Cut — copy — paste.

Tell us your formula for success
Success is about winning the war, not every battle (especially true for an actuarial career).

What’s your best attribute?
Honesty — I got it from my Dad.

And your worst habit?
I am stupidly honest.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
When people start speaking and commenting before listening.

Alternative career?
I would dedicate my life to astronomy and the search for extraterrestrial life.

Favourite book and gadget?
The Kite Runner, Khalid Hosseni. My new Bose Music System and my new iPhone.

How do you relax away from the office?
I spend time with friends, playing games on my Xbox and squash.

Tell us something unusual about yourself
Lately, I’m fascinated with the universe as a whole. I spend lots of time thinking about its underlying forces, the reason for its, and our, existence, and whether or not we are alone in the universe. Probably due to too much exposure to Star Wars.

Who would you most like to be stuck in a lift with?
Anne Hathaway — because she is gorgeous.

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