Chris Sterley – Risk Graduate

Chris Sterley – Risk Graduate

What degree did you study at university?

Master of Mathematical Finance from UCT

Can you tell us why you chose this career? 

Risk gives the opportunity to use quantitative and qualitative problem-solving techniques in order to solve problems. This combination helps to keep the job interesting and engaging.

What’s a typical day like in your job?

A large portion of my day is spent testing new model implementations.  We are looking to expand our credit risk modelling methodology and I am helping to do so.

What are the some of the highlights and challenges of your role?

To date, the highlights would include working on Absa’s stress testing, the result of which helped to guide the risk allocation for the company. This was also one of the more challenging periods given that the time lines were so tight and there was a significant amount of work to get through.

How do you keep up to date with all the changes in your profession?

LinkedIn helps, but one of my focuses currently is to finish my Actuarial exams. The subject matter in these exams helps me to keep up to date on some of the latest modelling techniques, as well as the risk topics which are prevalent.

What do you enjoy doing for fun outside of the office?

I spent a considerable amount of time either studying or exercising. On the weekends, though, I try to make sure to spend time catching up with friends, possibly over a cold beer.

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