Graduates’ Use of Technical Software in Financial Services
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Timothy Kyng, Leonie Tickle and Leigh Wood
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.