Long Day’s Journey into Industry

by Dr. Sam Ferguson, Research Mathematician at Metron, Inc. Visions of Cover LettersDuring my fourth year of graduate study at the University of Iowa, the herculean effort that older students were putting into job applications became apparent. The stress wrinkling their brows and the stacks of cover letters that crowded their offices gave telltale signs... Continue Reading →

Inside Out: A Value-Based Approach to Industry Job Hunting

Dr. Vrushali Bokil, Professor, Mathematics Department, Oregon State University ~ Students looking for jobs in industry are often advised to develop soft skills, effective communication abilities, cross-disciplinary collaborative techniques, and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary training. What jobseekers do not typically hear about is the need to understand who they are, what they want, and their core values, strengths, and... Continue Reading →

Interview with the BIG Jobs Guide Authors

The authors of the BIG Jobs Guide, Richard Laugesen (University of Illinois), Rachel Levy (Mathematical Association of America) and Fadil Santosa (University of Minnesota), talk about the book. Interview republished with permission from Inside SIAM.   Rachel Levy, Richard Laugesen, and Fadil Santosa   SIAM: What inspired you to write BIG Jobs Guide? Fadil Santosa: I... Continue Reading →

How I became a Data Scientist

by Bolor Turmunkh, PhD, Data Scientist at Uptake Technologies Inc., Chicago, IL ~ First Steps At the beginning of my fifth year of graduate school at the University of Illinois, with thoughts of impending graduation, I started thinking for perhaps the first time in my life about who I wanted to be. I had lived... Continue Reading →

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