SAI launches Transition Year work experience program

The SAI's Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee organised a pilot Transition Year Work Experience program (the “SAI TY program”) with the aim of introducing the actuarial profession to students from diverse backgrounds. The aim of the program was to reach students who would not normally have access to this type of experience. 

The SAI TY program is an interactive 4-day program for transition year students run by Susan HayesCulleton of The Positive Economist and Savvy Teen Academy, in collaboration with volunteers from the D&I Committee and sponsoring employers.

The program can accommodate up to 30 transition year students each and will include a mix of practical assignments linked to the actuarial profession and conversations / round tables / presentations from actuaries at various stages in their career and from various backgrounds. 


The program took place during the weeks of 10th October and 27th February of the 2022/2023 academic school term. The programs were facilitated online via Zoom over 4 consecutive days.


*Update:  we have been overwhelmed by the interest in this program and all places are now full.  We may run a short session later in the year for anyone who has been waitlisted and does not receive a place to learn more about the actuarial career so even if they don’t get a place in the week long work experience program they will get a chance to meet some actuaries and ask some questions.  Follow the link below to be added to the waitlist.


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We would like to thank the sponsors of this pilot program:

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Aon is a global professional services firm offering Commercial Risk Solutions, Health Solutions, Wealth Solutions and Human Capital Solutions in Ireland. Through advanced analytics and expert insights, we help businesses to be better informed so that they can make better business decisions. From navigating new forms of volatility, to building a resilient workforce and rethinking access to capital, our team of 750 colleagues in Ireland are committed to helping organisations to not only protect their business, but to grow and thrive.

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Irish Life

Irish Life is one of Ireland’s leading financial services groups, now taking care of over 1.4 million customers. We help people to confidently prepare for and embrace life’s changes with our wide range of health, life, pension and investment solutions. We are part of the Great-West Lifeco group of companies, one of the world’s leading life assurance organisations. Great-West Lifeco and its subsidiaries have CAD$2.3 trillion in consolidated assets under administration and are members of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies. Irish Life delivers innovative solutions for personal and corporate customers, backed by the highest standards of service. And as part of Great-West Lifeco, we have access to experience and expertise on a global scale, so we can continuously enhance our leading range of services and solutions.

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As the largest actuarial consultancy serving the insurance industry in Ireland, Milliman’s expertise is unmatched. We are proud of our role in creating a strong and vibrant Irish insurance industry, and have provided actuarial and strategic consulting advice that helped set up many Irish insurance companies. Our team of expert consultants takes the utmost responsibility in safeguarding the interest of our clients’ policyholders, and will always look out for your best interests. We take great pride in the depth and longevity of our client relationships. To find out more, visit:

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New Ireland

New Ireland Assurance Company was the first wholly Irish owned life assurance company to transact business in Ireland. We provide life assurance, pensions and investment solutions to individual and corporate customers. We pride ourselves on our commitment to providing high quality, courteous and efficient service to our customers. 

New Ireland Assurance is part of the Bank of Ireland Group.


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Zurich is one of Ireland’s leading insurance companies providing a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services, with over 1,000 employees in locations in Dublin and Wexford. Zurich in Ireland is a member of Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich), a leading multi-line insurer serving more than 56 million customers – both people and businesses – in more than 210 countries and territories. Founded 150 years ago, Zurich is transforming insurance.