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Actuary of the future: Jasmair purewal

AoTF August 2015 - Jasmair purewal

Employer and area of work PwC, pay, performance and risk.

How would your best friend describe you? A Chandler Bing level of sarcasm, mixed with a Ross Geller level of nerdiness, sprinkled with a Joey Tribiani fondness of food. 

What motivates you? The people I work with – family, and life credos are always important motivations – but you spend most of your day working with your team.

What would be your personal motto? As Shaggy said: ‘It wasn’t me’.

Name five dream companions to be stuck on a desert island with? Captain Jack Sparrow (an expert in this field), Sir Alex Ferguson (an extremely wise man), Novak Djokovic (for beach tennis), Beyoncé (for campfire songs)… and Wilson, from the film Cast Away.

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit? Modelling my revision plans on a spreadsheet. 

Favourite Excel function? IndexMatch – my life’s never been the same. 

How do you relax away from the office? Music, exercise and movies.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? Losing to my 10-year-old cousin at Monopoly – I saw the funny side eventually.

Alternative career choice? The next Paul Scholes. 

What song best describes your work ethic? Kanye West – Touch The Sky.

Greatest risk you have ever taken? I’m not fond of taking risks – which explains why I’m going to be an actuary.

If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet? Steve Jobs – for having the foresight to see what people needed in the future.

If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why? Tom Hardy – because he’s awesome.

If you could be anyone else, who would it be? 007.