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  1. #1 Recent math grad??? 
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    I just recently graduated with a BA in mathematics, but I am having a hard time finding employment. I live in the northeastern Ohio area. There are a few insurance companies around here but that's about it, and they never even called me in for an interview. My gpa was 3.1 out of 4.0, my resume and cover letters have been great. Just wondering if it's hard to find a job with a math degree (entry level jobs)??? I'm thinking of relocating possibly if the right job came along. I'm not sure if I should go back to school for a different degree, because it's almost been two months.... Any comments or advice would be very appreciated. Thank you


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    Finding a job with a math degree is difficult, but not impossible. Look more into engineering type jobs for the moment; you can always move on from there.

    Other than that, look into the financial world. I mention Cost Analysis in the subject because that's where I got my first job in, but many brokerage firms and such will also consider you.

    Here is my best advice. The nature of a math degree is such that you are somewhat qualified for many, many positions, but well-qualified for only a few. (This is one of the few subjects with that trait.) As such, you have to apply to jobs that you don't qualify for exactly. A smart recruiter knows that your C++ skill level is not so important if you have the problem-solving and logic background to learn it on the job. However, it's easier for them to say, "C++ knowledge required." So take a chance, even if you don't fit all the qualifications.


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    Try the government. The government can always use a Math major graduate. If you don't want that, look at insurance companies or even accounting firms.

    If all else fails, think about teaching.
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    If all else fails, think about teaching.
    And that, in a nutshell, ladies and gentlemen, is our education system...
    (And. Yes. I realize you're not an American, but you've just shown that this attitude is not solely American...)
    {Edit: Oh. You are an American. I coulda swore you were another Dane. How dare you betray your country in this manner?! End Edit.}

    Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.

    That's just wrong.


    Anyway. As to the topic. Maybe you could try running the numbers racket for the local mob?
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    Um...I am a teacher. I couldn't find a job when I graduated. They gave me a job in my field so I took it.
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    And that, in a nutshell, ladies and gentlemen, is our education system...
    (And. Yes. I realize you're not an American, but you've just shown that this attitude is not solely American...)
    {Edit: Oh. You are an American. I coulda swore you were another Dane. How dare you betray your country in this manner?! End Edit.}

    Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.

    That's just wrong.


    Anyway. As to the topic. Maybe you could try running the numbers racket for the local mob?
    I've thought about it, but I prefer a legit job
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    Quote Originally Posted by phoncole
    I've thought about it, but I prefer a legit job
    Teaching isn't a legit job? Excuse Me!!!!
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    Heh. I think he was talking about my suggestion on running a numbers racket...

    Anyway.
    So. You're a teacher? But, you became a teacher as a last resort? Does that translate into any sense of bitterness that might be translated to your students?

    I know that many of my teachers were bitter trolls for just that reason. Because they couldn't succeed in their chosen field and so they ended up teaching.

    However, not all bitter teachers became teachers against their will. I think some of them wanted to be teachers but became disillusioned about the prospect both from ill pay and from non-appreciative students.

    The problems with the educational system are not one-dimensional, are they? It's a delicate system of feedback between students and teacher...
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    Yea know. I don't think I saw that on your post. I obviously missed it.

    I have no problem being a teacher. I enjoy it. Unfortunately, I do a thousand things for the school. I teach, I'm the school webmaster and network administrator, and I coach. So, I'm leaving the school and I'm going to pursue things I want. If I come back to teaching, so be it. People always told me that I would be a good teacher since I have good knowledge on things and I enjoy helping people.
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    I think you should try tutoring but at the same time I would recommend you to master some programming language I recommend you to start first with C++ and then Java you'll find programming so interesting ...Personally I love mathematics and statistics and programming that's why I am torn between choosing to join the DS department in my faculty (lots of statistics and Operation research techniques) and CS department (Hardcore programming) so I am very hesistant .... Any help or advice would be appreciated

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    oh am feeling your suffer , well i liked Sara's suggestion it seems more acceptable,..i think Maths graduaters are mainly focusing in programming languages but u should first feed ure knowledge with some principles like, MatLab, Bios ..etc i suggest u already gut these backgrounds..
    i been actully lately asking myself what do maths graduaters work in? my professor told me something really interesting and acceptable, he told me about the "BIOMATHS" ,..bio-maths is needed by most of scientists branches like Biologists about counting rates and equations dealing with Cells Dividing, ..etc
    i want to be honest with u finding this also not easy , but for hunderend percent u will be needed !
    and keep telling ureself " the day is still young" and " if it was all black, sure i will find the light door ".
    and keep in mind , do not depend on ure own college skills only, u should also feed ure skills with out courses and other fields.
    .good luck
    "Nothing can be accepted in this world, if it did not pass the mathematical proof."

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