Ross Engelbrecht

Ross always knew he wanted to be an actuary, so when the Actuarial Science major was introduced, there was no question that that was where he was meant to be.

Ross Engelbrecht stands in the corridor of the ACC building.

Ross was one of the first students to graduate from the undergraduate programme and was the recipient of the ACC Jonathan Nicholls Scholarship that awarded him a $2,500 prize for outstanding academic merit. He now works as an actuarial analyst at the Accident Compensation Corporation.

“My job is mainly about helping others understand the consequences of their decisions. I really enjoy meeting new people and developing our relationship so that I can be helpful to them. Studying actuarial science is just the beginning of the career. Learning how to use your skillset to help others is the most rewarding part.

“The knowledge that is taught in this major is very useful. Being able to think logically and explain one’s reasoning are extremely important skills. Mathematics is more than numbers, it’s a language. It can communicate in a way that words just can’t.

“Once I’ve finished off my actuarial exams I plan to see the world and use the universal skills I gained from my degree as a passport.”