Are you a legal professional and feeling constantly stressed and overworked? Do you feel demotivated and under a huge amount of pressure? Then you might be suffering from career ‘burnout’! In this two-part blog, Hannah Cottam, Group Director and legal recruitment expert looks at the physical effects of career ‘burnout’ and how legal professionals can avoid it to enjoy a long and healthy career in the profession. With the rise in social media, increased caseloads and the need to be available all of the time lawyers have more to contend with than ever before, meaning that the role is becoming increasingly challenging for legal professionals. This, and the growing need for lawyers to be commercially minded and able to adapt quickly to change is resulting in many lawyers feeling the effects of ‘burnout’ at some point in their career. As a legal professional, it is important to be able to spot the signs that you are ‘burning out’, and know what to do to rectify the situation before it is too late. In this blog I will look at some of the signs of ‘burnout’ and what you should do if you feel it happening to you. How can lawyers recognise they are ‘burning out’? The term ‘burnout’ has no formal definition or medical diagnosis, instead it represents a stage that some legal professionals get to at some point in their career. It describes a point where lawyers and professionals in the legal field feel so stressed, they consider leaving the profession they love altogether, something we witness at Sellick Partnership all too often. In my opinion, career ‘burnout’ goes hand-in-hand with many signs of stress or being over-worked and I believe there are a number of tell-tale signs that you should be aware of. Legal professionals that are ‘burning out’ will generally experience a drop in productivity and a reduced desire to work as well as some (or all) of the following signs of stress; Exhaustion Lack of motivation Difficulty concentrating Frustration, cynicism, and other negative emotions Cognitive problems Worsening performance Problems at home and at work Not taking good enough care of yourself Decreased satisfaction at home and at work Health problems Each of these symptoms are common, however when someone experiences a number of them at once they are at risk of ‘burning out’. If these symptoms are not addressed people can begin to experience headaches, back pain and in severe cases heart attacks and strokes – not things that you would synonymise with a healthy work environment. Why are lawyers more at risk of ‘burning out’? Generally, from my experience working with legal professionals I find that the work lawyers do is very labour intensive and highly stressful, which is the core reason many begin to ‘burnout’ at some point in their career. According to The Lawyer, three in four lawyers will ‘burnout’, or show signs of ‘burnout’ at some point in their career a statistic that is frightening, and I fear that without change or education, this number could continue to rise. In my opinion there are three main reasons why lawyers ‘burnout’ which need to be addressed. Lawyers experience a different kind of stress – part of the reason lawyers experience more stress is because of the high level of emotional involvement in their day-to-day. Lawyers are generally very passionate, which leads them to experience heightened emotions – like stress and anger – more so than many other professionals. There is a general lack of support across the profession – in a world of budget cuts and austerity, an increased requirement to do ‘more with less’ has become the norm. This is making the role of a lawyer more-and-more challenging, leading to increased stress and anxiety across the profession. Generally, not enough action is taken by lawyers – lawyers often feel that they have a responsibility and a pressure to take the lead and show strength in stressful situations. They are expected to be calm under pressure and solve difficult problems. This unspoken pressure means that lawyers tend to work incredibly hard, without having the time or resource to make any changes that could rectify concerns or issues that they may have. What can lawyers do if they feel like they are ‘burning out’? In order to beat ‘burnout’, it is crucial that lawyers do things outside of work that they really enjoy. Lawyers need to create opportunities where they can completely switch off and relax, and what these opportunities or moments are will depend on each individual’s taste. Some candidates I speak to enjoying walking, others enjoy reading, listening to music or meditation. Whatever it is, it is important that legal professionals give themselves time to relax and recharge in order to truly concentrate and be ‘on it’ at work. Some other tactics to think about include: Taking a step back from work – I would encourage anyone that feels they may be close to ‘burning out’ to take a step back and take breaks from their day-to-day. Eat well, sleep well, be mindful of time, spend time with friends and family outside of the workplace and stop taking work home. These are all important to achieve a work/life balance that works. Without this, legal professionals are much more likely to suffer from ‘burnout’. Define a purpose – legal professionals need to think about why they do what they do and work out what makes them get up every morning. Lawyers should be doing the work they love, and need to have a plan to ensure they do not resent work or ‘burnout’ in their current role. Take action – once lawyers have defined their purpose, they need to put it into practice. Creating rituals or structured plans can assist with this. Rituals can include anything from habits and planning for the day ahead, to routines with the family. Rituals create boundaries and a clear line that enables people to take stock and prepare for the next challenge. I am aware that taking a step back is often easier said than done. Working at such a fast pace can become addictive, and when we operate at a high enough intensity for long enough, we can lose the ability to slow down. Today’s business environment celebrates hard work and activity, and at times, ignores renewal and recovery. Many of us fail to recognise that both are necessary for sustained high performance. The challenge for us is to consciously and deliberately create new boundaries, and enable ourselves to recharge when we feel we need it. We must learn to establish when we need to stop, and allow ourselves to train our brain to renew. Long-term, legal professionals need to ensure that they enjoy the work they are doing and do whatever it takes to achieve happiness at work. This could be resolved by simply having a conversation with a senior member of staff to look at ways in which their role can be altered. Many managers will have experience in dealing with stressful situations, and there may be an easy solution. However for some, a change in direction may be required. Many legal professionals will get to a point in their career when enough really is enough, and, at this point they need to think about their current position, and decide what is best for them and their happiness long-term. If you think it is time for a change and are interested in what legal jobs are currently available, speak with myself or a member of our highly experienced legal recruitment team in your area today. Alternatively, you can view more legal blogs and insights from my colleagues here.
Are you a trainee legal professional and on course to qualify this September? Are you wondering what steps you should take next in your legal career? We are here to help. At Sellick Partnership we have a wealth of experience assisting legal professionals secure work throughout their career. In this blog, specialist legal recruiter Faith Kelly looks at what trainee solicitors should be thinking about in the run up to qualifying, and offers her advice on they can secure their dream legal role. Summer is fast approaching which is always a popular time for trainee solicitors to begin searching for their NQ (newly qualified) position. Many training contracts begin in September so it is a very busy time for trainee legal professionals qualifying and applying for NQ jobs. As a result, at this time of year I regularly answer questions about this, and am constantly helping trainee solicitors decide whether or not they should stay with their current firm or look for opportunities elsewhere. Here I look at some of the common questions I get asked by candidates, and talk about how trainee solicitors can use a recruitment firm like Sellick Partnership to find their perfect legal job. Should trainee solicitors stay with their current firm after qualification? This is totally dependent on whether you are offered an NQ position in the discipline you would like to specialise in. Some candidates may be offered this in their current firm. In my experience trainee solicitors who are offered an NQ position at their training firm tend to perform better in other interviews as it shows other employers you are in demand, and gives you the confidence needed to succeed. Performing well at interview is essential in any situation Whatever situation you are in, it is essential that you are fully prepared and are confident during the interview process. Candidates that have been offered an NQ position are likely to be less stressed during the interview process knowing they have a backup option. However, if you are not in this position, please try not to worry. There are plenty of materials online that can help you prepare for an interview. I regularly speak in great detail with candidates about interview preparation and have a number of documents the will help. If you would like further assistance please get in touch and I will be more than happy to help and share these with you. Think about where you want to work The firm you train at may be perfect for you, however it is important to ask yourself a series of questions before accepting an offer. In doing so you can make sure that you are choosing the right firm for you. Some questions I regularly advise my candidates to think about are: Have you been offered a role in the discipline of your choice? Are you happy with the salary? Do you like the offices/location? Do you get on well with your colleagues? Do you enjoy the social events and all the other little perks? Your current firm may not tick all of these boxes, but if it ticks most of them then you should consider staying. If the answer to the majority of these questions is no, you might find that looking for a new employer is the best route to take. It is never detrimental to attend interviews, whether that is for practice or even networking with people in the industry, so it may be worth looking even if you are happy in your current firm. You can use interviews to compare your current offer, and it may put you in a stronger position in terms of negotiating a salary. It is also important to make sure the firm you choose to work for has offered you market rate. If you are unsure about what the market rate currently is, please get in touch. Reasons to consider making a move Some candidates that I speak with want to make the move after qualifying as their current firm do not tick many of the factors above, however many also do so to lose the trainee solicitor tag, and be seen as a more senior legal professional. In some firms, if a trainee has been working for some time, more senior employees may still perceive them as a trainee after qualifying. This can understandably be frustrating, and moving to a new firm can remove this perception, and allow a candidate to start afresh. That being said, no future employer likes a ‘jumper’ (a candidate that has moved roles a number of times) so although it is positive to have various roles on your CV, you do not want to be seen to have moved around too much. Moving to a new firm or being promoted upon qualification is an exciting time and will always be a challenge. Not only is it a new environment with unfamiliar faces and a different way of working, it also means that you are no longer a trainee and you have more responsibility. I want to move firms, how do I go about it? First of all it is important to remember there is no harm in looking for new opportunities as you need to make sure you are choosing the right opportunity. But when should you start looking and what do you need to do? Here are my top tips on ensuring you get the NQ position you really want! Be organised: firstly it is important to be organised, so I would advise you to stay on top of your CV and take your time when creating it. I would add your experience and examples of the cases you have assisted on throughout your training contract as it can be challenging trying to remember everything right at the end. The important thing here is to think about what experience have you gained that may give you a winning edge. Timing is everything: I would advise against approaching firms until 3 or 4 months prior to your qualification date, firms have to consider their internal trainees first. Have a look at firms that sound of interest to you in advance: I would advise you speak to a recruiter who will be able to assess the market and contact firms you are interested in on your behalf. By all means, take a look at job boards and some firms you like the sound of before this but do not bombard law firms with your CV too early. The firms you want to apply to will more than likely have their own trainees and it is very common that law firms cannot consider external candidates until all internal candidates have been considered. Tailor your CV to suit the role: if you are applying for a specific role, tailor your CV and make it clear why you would be a good fit and what value you would add. Ask your recruitment consultant to send this to the firm ahead of time, and follow up a few weeks later. They may not have a position right then, but this may make you stand out as and when one becomes available. Choose your recruiter wisely: it is important to choose a recruiter that knows the market and will be able to help you secure a role. Look at where they work. I would advise working with a firm that has experience in the legal field and look for a recruitment partner that is respected within the market. Talk to your recruiter and be honest: it is important to stay in touch and have a detailed, open and honest conversation with your recruiter about what would be of interest to you and what would not. Be honest with what you are looking for – size of firm, locations, salary etc. Be conscious of the amount of recruiters you work with: I would recommend working with one recruiter as you do not want to duplicate applications at legal firms. Build a relationship with your recruiter and ensure they know exactly what you want. Speaking to more than a one could result in confusion and result in you not getting your dream job. Keep track of where your details have been sent: approaching firms more than once does not look good. Make an excel spreadsheet with each firm you have contacted and through which recruitment agency, it will be very helpful later down the line. Follow these steps and your recruiter should keep you up-to-date with their progress but it is important to remember you will not secure a role overnight. It can take weeks and sometimes months to secure a role, so be patient. I focus on permanent recruitment throughout the Home Counties – Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire. To view my latest legal jobs, or the legal roles we currently have available companywide, check out our website, or if you would like to have a confidential chat then please feel free to give me a call on 0203 741 8189, or email email@example.com.
Are you interested in a Finance & Accountancy career within the public sector but not sure what opportunities are out there? Many Finance & Accountancy professionals like you are the same and are often surprised to hear that the sector has a wealth of opportunities. In this blog, Liam Cox, one of our expert Finance & Accountancy Recruitment Consultants talks through some of the questions he regularly gets asked by candidates, and offers his advice for achieving a successful career within the public sector. Careers within the Finance & Accountancy sector can vary considerably, with jobs both in the private and the public sector. At Sellick Partnership we have a wealth of experience placing Finance & Accountancy graduates and highly skilled finance professionals into public sector organisations and are regularly asked about the career opportunities within the sector. In this blog, I wanted to go through some of the questions I often get asked by candidates, and showcase the public sector as a rewarding career choice for Finance & Accountancy professionals of all levels of seniority and experience. What is the best way a junior candidate or recent graduate can get a Finance & Accountancy role within the public sector? There are various ways a candidate can begin their Finance & Accountancy career within the public sector, ranging from apprenticeships straight through to university degrees. Here is some advice on a few of the most common routes into the profession. Straight from school: as the Finance & Accountancy jobs market becomes increasingly more competitive, more-and-more public sector organisations are choosing to recruit candidates straight from school, offering school leavers an early career opportunity within the sector. This is beneficial for two reasons. Firstly, school leavers will generally demand a lower salary than an experienced candidate and secondly, businesses have the ability to train these candidates as they see fit. This is a great opportunity for any candidates currently in school that may not be interested in further education. Opportunities like this are coming around fairly often, particularly within local authorities who are very keen due to the financial pressures they have with regards to recruitment, but also because the apprenticeship levy dictates that a certain amount of apprentices must be employed in the finance function. The best way to find out about opportunities like this are to contact the Council directly (normally HR), or have a look on apprenticeship websites/job boards or the government website. From college: this is one of the more common routes for candidates that are looking to begin their career within Finance & Accountancy. Some colleges will offer candidates the opportunity to study for an entry level finance qualification (such as AAT, Association of Accounting Technicians). These courses generally require candidates to learn on the job within a workplace via an apprenticeship. Candidates that decide to go to college can also choose to study study A Levels or BTECs in Finance & Accountancy, giving them an in-depth and thorough knowledge before entry level roles. This is a relatively common occurrence on most entry level candidate CVs and candidates with qualifications like this are highly sought after. From university: there is no written rule to say candidates interested in a Finance & Accountancy career must attend college or university but it will definitely add some value to a CV. Public sector employers are looking for candidates that are academic and can do the role advertised, so a decent degree in maths (or a related subject) will help. If you are thinking about a career in finance and have recently graduated, you may be interested in reading this blog looking at whether a graduate scheme or a graduate job is right for you. How can a senior Finance & Accountancy candidate secure a role within the public sector? A senior candidate looking to secure a role in the public sector would need to put some real thought into a couple of things. First of all, the kind of organisation and individual sector they would like to go into (as each presents different challenges, be that financial pressures or the different kinds of stakeholders they would need to get involved with). Candidates also need to consider the size of the organisation they want to work for and the value they could add to ensure they choose the right workplace for them. A well-written CV highlighting duties and responsibilities as well as key achievements will really make candidates stand out from the crowd. A well-written cover letter that is to the point is also beneficial to compliment a candidate’s application. It is important that candidates explain why this role takes their interest, what value they could add and why previous achievements confirm this. It really shows commitment to the recruiter or hiring manager reading the CV and proves that the applicant has applied for relevant roles and has not just sent their CV out randomly. For more help on finessing your CV, check out our handy CV guide and downloadable CV template here. Senior candidates seeking a move into the public sector can find many opportunities to break in, more so now than ever. Plenty of organisations are seeing the benefit of bringing in a commercial mindset and approach to the finance function, particularly within housing associations and the not-for-profit sector, where the approach differs slightly from other public sector organisations. Do Finance & Accountancy candidates in the public sector have to be ACA, ACCA, CIPFA or CIMA qualified? As with all career paths within Finance & Accountancy, the more senior the candidate, the greater the need for them to be qualified, and the public sector is no exception. There is currently a lack of highly skilled qualified candidates in the public sector, which offers candidates that are committed and willing to take this route a great opportunity. At the junior end however there are plenty of roles that candidates that are not qualified can thrive in, including Assistant Accountants, Finance Officer, Assistant Management/Financial Accountants, or general clerical roles. Good organisations also know it is crucial to ‘grow from within’, so we are finding a lot of development roles where organisations are offering candidates funding or study time towards exams. How can Finance & Accountancy candidates get qualified? Candidates can qualify by studying with a relevant exam body (ACCA, ACA, CIMA for example) and then sitting a series of exams. It is a fairly lengthy and rigorous process to become a fully qualified accountant with a number of different levels which will have different exams throughout the process, each of which can be expensive. More-and-more public sector businesses are offering study packages as they know it is crucial to ‘grow from within’. This is beneficial for obvious reasons (it allows businesses to mould employees to their way of working), but by investing in the candidate it often means they have a greater degree of commitment. This way also allows candidates to learn from highly experienced professionals, whilst studying, a win-win situation. The best way to find opportunities like this is to keep an eye out on job boards for ‘assistant’ or ‘trainee’ roles. Candidates should also let recruiters work on their behalf which can often speed up the process. The most common qualifications within the sector are CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), ACA (Association of Chartered Accountants) and ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants). A CIMA qualification will likely lead to a Management Accountant/Business Partner/Finance Manager role, ACA is likely to lead to an Auditing role while ACCA has a couple of opportunities including roles such as Management Accountant, Finance Manager, Financial or Business Analyst, Financial Consultant etc. Typical Finance & Accountancy roles within the public sector Careers in finance are varied, and the job roles and titles within the public sector are largely the same as in other sectors across the profession. Generally junior candidates will start out as an Accounts Assistant, Finance Assistant, Assistant Accountant or Junior Accountant, similar to the private sector. Within the public sector however, candidates may be exposed to a wider remit and of course face different challenges and obstacles that may not present themselves in the private sector. Within the public sector, candidates can aspire to levels such as a Management/Financial Accountant, Finance Business Partner, Finance Team Leader, etc. These roles are definitely achievable with hard work and determination, but candidates need to have the drive to learn and soak information from more experienced colleagues. There are always growing organisations or restructures that will present opportunities, so it is about making the most of them if and when possible. What career progression is there in public sector finance? Is it suitable for an ambitious candidate looking to get to the top? As in any industry, some organisations will be better than others in regards to career progression, however most organisations I work with offer great opportunities for candidates. For example, larger public sector organisations will generally have a set path for progression, and this will usually be discussed at interview and candidates will be given all the resources they need to progress. This route may be a better choice for ambitious candidates looking to progress quickly. For candidates working within smaller organisations progression may not be as quick. However, a huge benefit to this is that candidates will be exposed to a wider remit, feel more valued, and perhaps most importantly, experience a more hands-on approach. This could involve having a greater focus on training, or simply working closely with an experienced colleague. It is rare to get this type of exposure with a senior professional within a large organisation, and this can often give candidates with SME experience the edge later in their career. I have however experienced situations with some of my SME candidates where the top role in their organisation is occupied, causing them to seek employment elsewhere. For that reason, SME businesses may be better suited to candidates that are happy working at a slightly slower pace. It is therefore essential that candidates hoping to secure a Finance & Accountancy career within the public sector assess their progression options thoroughly. Whatever the business size, most Finance & Accountancy professionals I recruit generally work their way up from junior levels within the same organisation and only choose to leave when they have reached the highest level available to them. I hope this blog has alleviated some concerns candidates may have around working within the public sector. As with any job, there are positives and negatives, and it is for each individual candidate to decide whether the public sector is right for them, and what route to take. If you would like help securing your first Finance & Accountancy job within the public sector, or are an experienced professional looking to move I would be more than happy to help. You can contact me, or a member of our Finance & Accountancy recruitment team in your area today. Alternatively, for more career advice or tips on securing your next role, check out our candidate resources section.
Ramadan can be a challenging time for employees, so it is important that businesses are aware of what they can do to support staff who are fasting. In this Q&A, Sahar Deshmukh offers her advice to business leaders, and tell us about the challenges of partaking in Ramadan whilst working. Ramadan is the holy month when Muslims celebrate the revelation of the Holy Quran. It is also a time when Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset, but it is so much more than just abstaining from food and drink. It is a time to reflect on one’s actions and words and purify mind, body and soul. It is a spiritual and physical detox in a sense. During this month, Muslims dedicate as much time as they can in worship and doing charitable deeds, as the rewards are multiplied in this month. The idea is to be on your best behaviour to attain high reward and carry on with these habits beyond Ramadan. Ramadan lasts around 29 or 30 days, and Eid is then celebrated upon the sighting of the moon. What key things people/businesses need to be aware of during Ramadan? There are a number of things I believe businesses should be made aware of during Ramadan, these include: Offer a safe space to pray: while the five prayers are obligatory outside of Ramadan, Muslims can be more particular about praying on time during this month. Businesses should try and accommodate their staff with a prayer room or some space where they can offer prayers, Be considerate: people should try and be considerate when eating around those who are fasting whenever they can. It is a good idea to avoid asking if a person is fasting. They may have a health condition preventing them from doing so, which can be quite hard for someone who wants that spiritual connection within Ramadan. Respect people’s wishes: in general, be mindful that when someone is fasting, they may not have the energy to go out for company events or other social events. Be sensitive to their needs and religious sentiments and be supportive in any way you can. What are the challenges of doing Ramadan whilst working? It can be difficult to go through each day without food and drink, particularly during the long summer days in the UK. Sleeping patterns are massively disrupted during this time, so energy will be low and concentration levels will not be the same as outside of Ramadan. The biggest challenge at work is concentration. People can also experience extreme drowsiness as a result of low energy and lack of adequate sleep. It is not easy to explain this to your management who may not be able to understand how tough it is to endure fasting for 18 hours and how it is affecting your productivity. It can also be exhausting to travel while fasting, which can be difficult to avoid if your job requires frequent travel. Businesses need to bear this in mind. How can business leaders help/support staff that are taking part in Ramadan? Business leaders/managers can support their staff during this month in numerous ways. These include; By re-evaluating the work of their staff who are fasting. The key for senior staff and all colleagues is to be patient with those who are fasting and assist where they can to help make the month go by smoother. It may be helpful to offer flexible working hours during this time, a shorter day or frequent breaks during those moments of extreme exhaustion. Each individual is different in what they can cope with, so if a person has specific needs during this time, then they should be discussing it with their managers to see what is feasible. Avoid any company events that offer lunch during this time. All senses are heightened while fasting, particularly your sense of smell. It may make participation at such events harder than a regular day of fasting. Some people may request extra time off during the last ten days of Ramadan, as those are considered to be the most important nights. Many men confine themselves to the mosque dedicating them to worship and women can choose to do the same in their homes to achieve a greater reward. Businesses should try to accommodate these needs when they can to allow their staff to have a greater spiritual connection. Business should try and raise awareness about the month, so people know what it entails. If you are currently taking part in Ramadan we would love to hear about your experiences and what your business is doing to support you! Please contact us, or you can engage with us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.
Actuarial professionals need to keep up-to-date with relevant industry news to ensure they are always ready to deal with changes and developments across the sector. This is hugely important for those that may be seeking a new Actuarial job or are hoping to progress in their current firm. Here we run-down the top Twitter feeds we think Actuarial professionals should follow to ensure they remain up-to-date and secure a new job opportunity or promotion in the Actuarial sector. If you are an actuarial professional then you know that staying up-to-date with the latest industry news can be vital in keeping ahead of financial and business developments that affect the sector. This is particularly important if you are on the lookout for your next career move. Today’s recruiters and employers increasingly want to make sure that their candidates are aware of current affairs, trends, the latest reports and challenges, so that they can apply this insight for the better progression and development of the organisation as a whole. But how to do this? Well, this is where Twitter can become your most valuable resource! Like many sectors, the actuary community is hugely active on Twitter in sharing news, analysis, data, good practice and commentary, as well as providing the opportunity for digital networking and connection-building. If you are new to Twitter, or are not quite sure where to start, we have compiled a list of the essential accounts every Actuarial professional should follow in 2019. If you think we have missed any that you think should be added to the list, please do get in touch and let us know! 1. @TheActuaryMag – The Actuary is the official magazine for the UK actuarial profession, and its Twitter feed is must-follow for news, features and opinion. 2. @actuarialpost – The Twitter feed from Actuarial Post shares news, in-depth articles and analysis about the actuarial marketplace, covering topics such as investments, software, lifestyle, insurance and pensions. 3. @actuarynews – The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries is the UK's chartered professional body, dedicated to educating, developing and regulating actuaries based both in the UK and internationally. Its Twitter feed is a mix of company news and events, as well as sharing topical news and information affecting the sector. 4. @JosephLu2011 – Joseph Lu is an actuary who specialises in longevity risk. He tweets science-related news and information that has, or could have, an impact on insurance and society. 5. @CapEconUK – The official Twitter account of Capital Economics UK shares insights, data and research on the UK economy. It also offers commentary and analysis on issues ranging from social housing to manufacturing, the impact of Brexit, retail, oil prices and more. 6. @FT – For all things financial, the Financial Times Twitter feed is the go-to for up-to-date news and information covering a broad range of issues that affect the actuary sector and beyond. 7. @Forbes – Similar to the Financial Times, Forbes is an international publication with a Twitter feed that shares news, information, analysis and commentary relating to the world of business. 8. @ReutersBiz – Sharing business news from around the world, the Reuters Business Twitter account covers finance, markets, tech, world news and politics. 9. @gailtheactuary – Actuary Gail Tverberg shares information and data about energy and oil, the limits to these resources, and how these limits are affecting the financial system and our lives. 10. @IntActuarial – This is the official Twitter account for the International Actuarial Association, the worldwide association of professional actuarial associations. The feed posts information about events and webinars, as well as information about relevant white papers and reports. 11. @RoyalStatSoc – The Royal Statistical Society is a membership body that promotes a world with data at the heart of understanding and decision making. By following its Twitter account, you’ll find out about its latest events, courses and training. 12. @SellickGroup – No actuarial Twitter list would be complete without our own Twitter page! Be sure to follow us for the latest news, events, press and jobs! For further information on how to use social media effectively to assist you in your job search, check out our wide-ranging resources for candidates here. Or if you are ready to kick-start your career today, take a look at our latest actuary jobs here. Or, to speak to a member of our Actuarial recruitment team, call Manager Austin Brislen directly on 0151 224 1480.