Just a short post to mention the page entitled "What is working as an actuary really like ?" on http://beanactuary.com/. I wanted to share that page with some students (even if it is quite incomplete) because I am always surprised when I hear that what we teach during lectures is too mathematical (or even to much based on computing skills). Practice can be much more complex than what we do in our courses (e.g. variable selection in ratemaking, integrating expert opinion in claims reserving, or hedging life insurance contracts with several complex financial options). If practitioners want to share their experience, comments are welcome... I just hope that some students will stop thinking that Barney Stinson is doing the job of an actuary... and that what we teach might - somehow - be useful someday...