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Applications of Spreadsheets in Education The Amazing Power of a Simple Tool
Editor(s): Mark Lau and Stephen Sugden
eISBN: 978-1-60805-276-9   
ISBN: 978-1-60805-592-0   
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Graduates’ Use of Technical Software in Financial Services

Author(s): Timothy Kyng, Leonie Tickle and Leigh Wood
Chapter DOI: 10.2174/978160805276911101010241
Page: 241-260 (20)

Auniversity education in actuarial studies and related areas prepares graduates for a wide range of careers. This study demonstrates that recent gradu-ates working in the financial services industry make significant use of spreadsheet software. We found that all 76 respondents use spreadsheet software, and more than half spend at least 60% of their time using spreadsheets. Graduates also use a range of statistical, database, mathematical, financial, and actuarial software. This signifi-cant time spent in front of the computer has implications for universities wishing to design curriculum to prepare students for careers in the financial services industry.
technical software usage, financial service
Department of Actuarial Studies Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia.