Tamara Law

Actuarial analyst, Kaiser Permanente

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The road may be difficult, but it is well worth it.

What do you do?

I manage risk for a health insurance company. I use statistical models and math to determine future outcomes to ensure financial stability of the company. A large part of my job is working to estimate reserves for Kaiser to make sure that we have enough money to cover hospital services and office visits that have not been recorded or billed yet.

Why did you choose this field?

In school I’ve always loved math, statistics, and problem solving. I knew I wanted a career that was math related, but didn’t specifically know what. It wasn’t until I was in college when I learned about the actuarial career. I learned that I could take exams while I’m working and get pay raises for each exam I passed. I also learned that it was a challenging career that used statistics and math, which would compensate me pretty well. After college, I started taking actuarial exams and haven’t looked back.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Having a social life and still doing well in school and in your career. School and work isn’t everything. It’s important to keep your mental health in check. I learned that having good mental health is as important as having a good career. So don’t take life too seriously and spend time with people who you enjoy being around.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I enjoy working with other people in STEM. I love working with my colleagues and spending time with them in and outside of work. I look forward to tackling the next challenge or creating something new.

Best advice for next generation?

I would advise girls to keep pursuing what you love. Don’t let anyone or anything stand in you way. The road may be difficult, but it is well worth it. You will have a stable career with many people admiring what you do and looking up to you.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“You belong”

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