STAT30290 Workplace Skills for BAFS

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module prepares the student to find a work placement in an actuarial or financial firm for a least six months, beginning the following January. The student will prepare a CV and learn interview skills. The student will become proficient in using Excel, a tool widely used in these firms. The student will be given an overview of the financial architecture of a developed economy and introduced to the different types of firms, with special attention on those firms employing actuaries. Finally the student will be aware of the behaviour reasonably expected of them while in work placement.

This is a Pass/Fail module. Sufficient engagement with the module, as deemed by the module coordinator, is necessary to gain a Pass grade.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students will learn how to prepare a CV and prepare for interviews and then find a work placement from a list of opportunities sourced by UCD. They will develop a proficiency with Excel.

The student will develop an understanding of provident financial institutions and their products - life offices, healthcare providers, pension funds, etc. They will know the different products offered and how the institutions can, in principle, manage the associated risks, They will understand how some risks can be hedged using the capital markets and how others can be controlled by underwriting and pooling. Finally, they will have an overview of the complete financial architecture of a modern economy, with a particular emphasis on institutions actuaries advise.

The student will learn professionalism and the standards of behaviour reasonably expected of them in the work place.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will be delivered in three to four lectures in weeks 1 to 8 of the autumn semester. These lectures assist the student in their endeavours in applying for and interviewing for work placements sourced by UCD and be hired by one of the firms for at least six months from the following January. The student will be prepared by knowing the different roles and firms in financial services industry, by developing work based skills, and being able to present themselves and their skills in the best light to possible employers. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Portfolio: Preparation of CV, interview skills attendance, participation in interviews and selection of placement n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Mr Damian Conway Lecturer / Co-Lecturer