Brian Tajlili

2003 Major: BS, Economics

Currently: Vice President, Chief Actuary, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina — Durham, NC

How has being an Economics graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"Challenging, but meaningful, coursework to prepare me to solve a wide array of problems in today's complex business environment."

What advice would you give students in Economics?

"Gain both a breadth and depth of knowledge in your coursework--don't hide in the back of the lecture hall. If you have more of a quantitative mindset, put yourself in dynamic environments where you can learn openly from your classmates. If you are a little "math-phobic" that's ok--even a base comfort level with numbers and analytics will unlock many pathways in your career. Dive deep into the topics and problems that interest you."