One important thing I’ve learnt (or re-learnt, actually) this week is that it is always, always good to have a second opinion on everything. I made an appointment to see a careers adviser (again!), just to get a second opinion on how I’ve been sending in my job applications and if there are anything else I need to do differently. This is because I’ve been sending out quite a lot and they have all been unsuccessful so far.
So I figured, there must be a way for me to work something out, improve some parts of my application. And what better way to do it than to talk to a careers adviser, right? After all, they’re there to help students like me find a job after our studies.
And it’s always nice to talk through things, even though you think you got everything under control. Talking to people helps you to see things from a different perspective, to help you refocus and see the little things.
I did this with my dissertation as well, especially when I was planning through how I was going to write it and what I was going to research about. I talked about it with Aizan to bounce off ideas. I talked to Aiman to see if I missed out anything. And I talked to my supervisor to get her opinions and strengthen my arguments.
The same thing goes to learning and understanding something new. Feynman (the Nobel prize scientist!) has this Feynman Technique
that you can follow if you want to learn something new. Teach it to a kid
. (Or, if you’re a Redditor, Eli5, Explain Like I’m 5).
If you can describe and talk about something that is complicated (i.e. what Actuarial Science is!) in a simple way that a 5 year old (or a kid) can understand, it means you’ve got it! If not, find a way to further simplify it instead of using technical words and vocabularies.
i.e. Telling kids that Actuarial Science is about using statistical and mathematical methods to calculate risks might make their eyes roll (mine too, tbh). But saying that it’s calculating how much to charge for insurance might make it easier to understand, albeit it being probably a slightly too-simple of an explanation.