(First timer here) I am currently having an actuarial degree and actually regretted taking this degree but am wanting to be a mathematician in the future after getting my masters and PhD in Mathematics. The reason why I ask this is because the actuarial field mainly concentrates on insurance and money (which I grew to hate it more as I keep going on this course) and I have a huge passion in Pure Maths (Maths in general).I know to work in the mathematics/scientific field you need to obtain BSc for Maths and work up to PhD but I felt like I ruined my chance because of a poor decision. Please help? Thanks!

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    Why must you finish the actuarial degree and not a math degree? – Azor Ahai Feb 11 at 6:10
  • This likely depends on the country you wish to pursue your graduate degree(s). In the U.S. there is essentially no requirement to have an undergraduate degree in math (indeed, it could be in hospitality and management or building construction technology), as long as you can show that you have the appropriate background in mathematics and (as is the case for any applicant) you show sufficient promise among those applying to be selected. – Dave L Renfro Feb 11 at 7:13
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    @AzorAhai actually was enrolled to this course for the “opportunities” and “high income” but I realised this isn’t really what I want and was too late to switch to a math degree so I had to finish this and yes I do admit it’s a poor decision choice that I have to live with. I got very interested in Pure Maths while I was in this course and was actually excelling in it hence the idea sparked from there. – pimples_and_prada Feb 11 at 8:22
  • @DaveLRenfro Thanks for your reply! I am actually studying in the UK right now so I’m not sure if it’s still applicable? – pimples_and_prada Feb 11 at 8:24
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    Considering you're not even halfway through your degree, I would have thought that switching to a maths course is probably feasible (although you may have to restart from year 1, so this does have financial implications). Have you talked to your personal tutor? They will be best placed to advise you on your options. – astronat Feb 11 at 11:50

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