Missouri State University
Brett Foster

Brett Foster

  • Assistant Actuarial Analyst
  • Boynton, Fla.
  • BS, Math/Economics, 2012, Missouri State University

He graduated recently and he has already started a successful career as a newlywed actuary. His journey through Missouri State to where he is now has been an exciting ride.

A Love of Learning Leads to a Successful Career

Brett Foster has many fond memories of his time at Missouri State.

"As a junior, the economics department and the political science department decided to have a paintball tournament. We knew we were in trouble when we saw the political science team arrive riding motorcycles and wearing camouflage! Even so, it was a great opportunity to spend time with my professors and get to know them on a personal level. They're really fun and friendly people."

During his time at Missouri State, Foster was the Chief Wyrick Commisioner with the Student Government Association.

In the summer of 2011, Foster had an internship with a worker's compensation company in Florida. The following September, he accepted a job offer from them. A few months later, he married his college sweetheart, Shonda. Within a couple weeks of his graduation, he and Shonda were moving down to Florida where they now live.

"My job is really analytical," he said, "which is what I like. The stereotype about actuaries is that we just sit around and crunch numbers all day, but that's not the case. I get to interact with really nice and friendly people where I work."

That isn't the only reason he enjoys his work. "Math is very theoretical, but being an actuary is all about apply those theoretical concepts to the real world. It makes me feel like I'm making a difference for people."

Foster enjoys being an actuary, even though in his words, "It's really hard to become an actuary. There are lots of very difficult tests that you have to pass in order to start your career as an actuary. It takes a lot of motivation, but if you pass them you advance in your career. I just like that: being an actuary, your career is in your own hands."

His motivation for learning has been helpful in actuarial career. "More than anything," he says, "I like learning! The material I studied for the actuarial exams was really interesting. If I hadn't become an actuary, I probably would have go to graduate school. I never want to stop learning."

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