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My plan is to take the P1 exam in September 2012, take the FM2 in April 2013, and the FME3 in August of 2013, giving me about six months to study for each of them. If all goes well, I plan to look for an actuarial position after I have finished those exams, so I can actually begin a real career.

I currently work as a janitor (no Good Will Hunting jokes please) where I have access to a free course each semester at either U Pitt or CM. I have a pretty solid math background:

Calc I, II, and III

Differential Equations

Linear Algebra

Discrete Mathematics

Probability (Calc III prerequisite)

Graph Theory

Algebra I

General Topology

Real Analysis

Complex Analysis I

Partial Differential Equations I and II

For what it's worth, I took the math GRE last spring and got an 810. I took the GRE General too and got an 800 quantitative, 720 verbal. The departments asked me to take those when I started to enroll in courses that were only open to grad students. I have no desire to earn a graduate degree unless it simply happens. From their bulletins, you merely need to complete 24 graduate credits in applied math within 4 years start to finish, which is easily possible with my current 1 course per semester. Even then, I'm not sure if either of the schools would award it to me since I don't have a bachelors.

Considering this is my first post, I have a few questions for anybody who is an actuary:

1) Will I have a realistic chance to obtain a position even though I don't have a degree?

2) Besides sites like beanactuary dot org and actuary dot com, are there any good resources available for studying for the exams? Are there any online lectures in the form of full courses like MIT's Open Course Ware that will prepare you for each exam?

3) Pitt offers undergraduate courses titled Actuarial Mathematics I, II, (and III but that covers life contingencies). Would it be worth my time to take these as my free courses next fall and spring, or should I take the ones I was looking at from CM: Stochastic Calculus for Finance I and II? I do not believe the actuarial math classes would count towards "graduate credit" whereas the stochastic calculus for finance would. If I get a job as an actuary, I doubt I'd continue taking courses since they wouldn't be free anymore, and more than likely I will need to relocate for said job.

4) After passing the exams, how should somebody like me, who has no degree, list this on their resume? All I really have as far as a resume is a history of my janitorial jobs; I haven't needed much else. Would getting a head hunter be a pragmatic move after I have the three exams under my belt?

Thank you for any responses. I do appreciate the guidance and any advice you all will be able to give.

-Trip