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How can a physicist best secure an actuarial job?

I am a 30-year-old postdoc working as a physicist. I have earned a double masters degree (Computer Engineering plus Physics) followed by a PhD in Physics.

Due to the nature of my work I feel I am highly experienced in areas of multivariate analysis methods and statistics in general, with a strong background in low and high-level programming.

Recently married, I feel physics does not freshly challenge me, nor does it offer the stability I seek a few years from now.

I have been looking for a chance to requalify and an actuarial position seems the most interesting direction for me. Do you have any advice that could help me find my first actuarial position?

Obviously I need more training in the financial matters. How high is the chance to find an employer that would help me fund my education in exchange for work?

I am particularly interested in an Asian market (Hong Kong? Singapore?
Seoul?). Would it be easier for me to find a suitable place in Asia compared to the EU?

Would taking some exams (such as statistics) before applying for a job increase my chances?

Any advice is deeply appreciated! Thank you in advance!