Variety of Clients and Integrity and Quality of Work

By Alice Alsberghe

I have a vivid memory of the moment an ordinary appointment at the hair salon changed my life.

So there I was, sitting in the chair getting my hair done, reading a high school statistics textbook. As a teacher by day and private tutor by night, I needed to freshen up my stats skills before giving the next lesson. Sure enough, Brien, my hairdresser, noticed what I was reading. “Most people waiting in my salon read People or In Style, or maybe Time magazine. But, you’re reading a statistics textbook. If you think that’s interesting, you should become an actuary.“

That was it.

With that one word, “actuary,” I was redirected to this path, the one that led me to Cheiron.

Believe it or not, as a 29-year-old, I‘d never heard the word actuary before. At that moment, I did what anyone would do. I nodded and smiled without a clue as to what an actuary was. But as soon as I got home that evening I looked it up online, took the short quiz from tobeanactuary.org, and knew what I wanted to do—to become an actuary.

Having been with Cheiron for more than a decade, this profession and this firm have exceeded my expectations. I‘m an associate actuary and consultant to large and mid-sized public and multi-employer pension plans. I spend my days captivated by my work, enthralled by the nitty-gritty details of data, programming, and modeling projections. I share my communication and teaching skills when I bring the big picture to my clients and help them understand the results to make decisions.

The reason I thrive as an actuary is partially from the constant intellectual stimulation that this profession offers. More importantly, it‘s because of Cheiron. The variety of clients I service and the projects I‘m involved in and the integrity and quality of work at Cheiron are among the reasons I plan on staying here for a very long time.

And for those of you who are wondering, yes, Brien still does my hair.

About Alice Alsberghe

Associate Actuary, ASA, MAAA, EA

Alice is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and is working toward becoming a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. She holds a B.S. in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego.