Introduce Yourself - Mercy Yan


Mercy Yan

1. Why did you become an actuary?

The profession was recommended to me by my professor at the university.

2. When you tell people you’re an actuary, what do they think you do?

Many people are not aware of this profession and appear to be lost when I tell them. Those who have heard of it believe it to be related to insurance.

3. Who has inspired you the most during your career? Did you have a mentor in your early career?

In my career, I have had many individuals who have helped to inspire me along this actuarial path. From my professors to my colleagues and now my fellow Board members, they each play an important role.

4. What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the challenges of applying the actuarial concepts in my work.

5. What career would you follow if you weren’t an actuary?

I would probably pursue a career in engineering.

6. What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are swimming and reading.

7. What is your favourite music, book, and film?

My favourite music is classical. My favourite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and my favourite film is The Sound of Music.

8. Where is your dream vacation destination?

I have been fortunate enough to travel to my dream vacation destination, Hawaii. It continues to be my favorite destination because it has beautiful beaches and fantastic scenery.

9. What do you do better than anyone you know?

Not sure what I do better than others, as I try not to compare myself with other people.

10. If you could be anybody else, alive or dead, who would it be, and why?

I like to be myself, as I enjoy my life with my family and friends.

Mercy Yan is assistant vice-president and tax actuary of corporate taxation at Manulife Financial.

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