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Actuary of the future: Jessica Stott

Jess Scott - AOTF Feb 2015

Employer and area of work HamishWilson, pensions.

How would your best friend describe you? Driven, but always there to lower the tone.

What motivates you? To keep pushing myself and test the limits of my stress capabilities.

What is your personal motto? “Just keep swimming”.

Name five dream companions to be stuck on a desert island with? 
Jack Sparrow to help me escape.

Jamie Oliver – at least we would eat well.

Derren Brown to convince me that really I’m at home and haven’t missed a study day.

Morgan Freeman – it doesn’t matter what he says, his voice would relax anyone.

Bear Grylls – apart from his survival skills, he always has a camera crew and satellite phone.

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit? My vast revision spreadsheets.

If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn? Sign language – it would make gossiping much easier. 

Favourite Excel function? Only actuaries would have an answer for this… I would be lost without IF.

How do you relax away from the office? Hanging out with friends, going to the gym and dog walking for the Cinnamon Trust.

Alternative career choice? Master of wine (at least studying would be enjoyable).

Tell us something unusual about yourself
I took a year off from maths to take a masters in Chinese and business.

Greatest risk you have ever taken? Bungee jumping in Whistler.

If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet? Audrey Hepburn – apart from loving her films, she had a tough childhood in the Second World War and was a great ambassador for UNICEF.

What’s your most treasured possession? My iPhone – I’m useless without it!

What are the top three things you would like to achieve in your lifetime? 
1. To qualify.

2. To give back more than I take.

3. To move back to Asia, where everything seems to go at twice the pace (I was born in Hong Kong).

If you ruled the world, what would you change first? Every child everywhere would get a good education. So many of our problems are caused by ignorance.

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