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08/09/2007 12:48:47 PM · #1
I'm going to be a college junior in the fall, majoring in math and I have no idea what I want to do after I graduate. So my questions are: how did you pick your career and what is it? And when did you decide that this is what you wanted to do?

(I didn't know whether this should be in "personal life" or not)

08/09/2007 12:57:09 PM · #2
I just started school 3 yrs ago at age 27. I still didnt figure it out until last October, so Good Luck!
08/09/2007 01:03:29 PM · #3
Check with either your academic advisor (if you plan on staying in math) or check to see if the school has a career counseling service - if you do not think you want to stay in math. Some schools offer career testing to give you an idea of what other categories match your interests.

To find your academic advisor, go to your department office. Most schools have some kind of services like these to help you on your way BUT sometimes you have to seek them out.

Good luck!
08/09/2007 01:34:22 PM · #4
Originally posted by equatic:

I'm going to be a college junior in the fall, majoring in math and I have no idea what I want to do after I graduate. So my questions are: how did you pick your career and what is it? And when did you decide that this is what you wanted to do?

(I didn't know whether this should be in "personal life" or not)


My mom cursed me when I was a child.
08/09/2007 01:41:25 PM · #5
Originally posted by equatic:

I'm going to be a college junior in the fall, majoring in math...


First of all, I'm sorry about that, haha. Anyway, I'm going to be a senior this fall majoring in Mechanical Engineering (which might as well be math). I decided on this path because I really enjoyed physics in high school and how things work has always interested me. My cousin was a math major (emphasis in Stats) and now works for a financial firm doing well...stats. Another option is to just hit grad school right after college and get another type of degree (marketing, finance, etc) which will help you get into a company at a higher level.

Hope this helps! Feel free to PM for any other questions/advice.
08/09/2007 02:21:51 PM · #6
With a math background, I think it's really easy for you to become an engineer or you could get a credential and become a teacher

For me, when I graduated high school 4 years ago, I knew fields like medical, engineering or legal weren't for me, so I chose the business field during my sophomore year. My major is Finance, specialized in Real Estate

Check with your school academic advisors, they can give you ideas of what to do with a mathematic degree. Imagine in a couple of years you'll be designing DSLR for Canon or Nikon, you never know!

Good luck
08/09/2007 02:27:20 PM · #7
Hi, I majored in math as well and I was confused about what to do after I graduated.

However, I knew 2 things about myself:

1. I love math
2. I love working with middle schoolers

So I pursued a teaching career. I teach 7th - 12th grades and I mostly love it... It is the extra stuff the school piles on me that I hate. The teaching aspect I really love. And for me, eight grade the the best age to teach.

I LOVE teaching Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. I also teach pre-algebra and pre-calculus.

I am going into my 14th year of teaching...I can hardly believe it...I always tell my students that I was about 12 when I started teaching so I am only 26, lol. The ridiculous thing is some of the middle schoolers believe me (suckers). (I was actually 23 when I started teaching.)

Message edited by author 2007-08-09 14:29:05.
08/09/2007 02:35:07 PM · #8
What do you like?

What do you want to do?

Do you want to sit at a desk all day?

How much money do you want to make?

Do you want to travel?

Figure out what you want, then look for something that matches that.
08/09/2007 02:47:16 PM · #9
This isn't the best topic for me to give advise on as I still wonder day to day what "I'm doing in my life".
I graduated with a Forensic Psychology Degree... a dual major between Behavioral Psych. and Criminal Justice. I knew I wanted to be doing profiling and such and went out for the FBI, SS, ... you name it.

Found out you have to have 5-7 years of police work to be a profiler in KC, the CSI pays about 8:50 an hour and there is no psych. emphasis job there, the FBI needed accountants and the SS wasn't hiring. I was STUCK and DEPRESSED!!! I was in debt and couldn't find a job! I ended up working the Forensic unit for the State Mental hospital and made a whopping 8.75 an hour to get beat up and was hoping to "move up the ladder".

After three years of nothing but debt, I then decided to re-think things. My COUNSELORS and CAREER ADVISORS were WRONG!!!! Their advice got me nowhere and my friends and family in the services couldn't do much with pulling strings when there is no job to be hired for. SO... I revamped.

I focused on my mon-fri job that had benefits and started exercising my hobbies. The old cliche of "Do what you love and get paid three fold". I love dance and photography. So, I started doing some photo work on the side and coaching dance for the NAFL. Turns out two years later I have my own photography business that I LOVE and I coach dance across the nation. I get to do marketing with the NAFL, NFL and other big sports leagues and the marketing world helps out my photo business by referral and networking. It all worked out.

Mind you, I still need the "BIG camera" and all the "STUFF" but having your own business (especially photography and marketing) means a LOT OF HARD labor and no pay.... referral, location, referral, no show, slow season, referral.... its tough. BUT, I love it.

Do what you love and it will tend to work out - and the moment you give up and let the stress go, you'll have a clear mind to find the answers right in front of you.
08/09/2007 03:07:00 PM · #10
how did you get a degree and then work for 3 yrs when you're only 22? when I read this I thought you were middle aged. I mean if you tried getting a job and could only find something for 8.75 an hr while you were still in college then yeh of course, you dont have any experience, and you wont get paid well. Maybe i'm missing something here.

Originally posted by CalamitysMaster00:

This isn't the best topic for me to give advise on as I still wonder day to day what "I'm doing in my life".
I graduated with a Forensic Psychology Degree... a dual major between Behavioral Psych. and Criminal Justice. I knew I wanted to be doing profiling and such and went out for the FBI, SS, ... you name it.

Found out you have to have 5-7 years of police work to be a profiler in KC, the CSI pays about 8:50 an hour and there is no psych. emphasis job there, the FBI needed accountants and the SS wasn't hiring. I was STUCK and DEPRESSED!!! I was in debt and couldn't find a job! I ended up working the Forensic unit for the State Mental hospital and made a whopping 8.75 an hour to get beat up and was hoping to "move up the ladder".

After three years of nothing but debt, I then decided to re-think things. My COUNSELORS and CAREER ADVISORS were WRONG!!!! Their advice got me nowhere and my friends and family in the services couldn't do much with pulling strings when there is no job to be hired for. SO... I revamped.

I focused on my mon-fri job that had benefits and started exercising my hobbies. The old cliche of "Do what you love and get paid three fold". I love dance and photography. So, I started doing some photo work on the side and coaching dance for the NAFL. Turns out two years later I have my own photography business that I LOVE and I coach dance across the nation. I get to do marketing with the NAFL, NFL and other big sports leagues and the marketing world helps out my photo business by referral and networking. It all worked out.

Mind you, I still need the "BIG camera" and all the "STUFF" but having your own business (especially photography and marketing) means a LOT OF HARD labor and no pay.... referral, location, referral, no show, slow season, referral.... its tough. BUT, I love it.

Do what you love and it will tend to work out - and the moment you give up and let the stress go, you'll have a clear mind to find the answers right in front of you.
08/09/2007 03:26:28 PM · #11
Hahah, I think someone just got caught lying about their age in a profile!!!

Me!? I had didnt know what I watned to do while I was in college, until senior year. I said - hey, Ill be a pharma rep. So I talked to some people I know, and they told me to go sell copier machines. So I got a job selling copier machines and had possibly the most miserable 2 years of my life. I mean I would have trouble going to sleep at night, cause I knew that when I woke up, Id have to go to work. So I quit and bummed around for a few months, then I got a job at a power supply company as a financial analyst.

So essentially I screwed up 4 years of college and 3 years of work experience, because I have since realized that I love photography, and thats what I am going to do, so I am going back to college in September to get a degree in Multimedia Design and Photography. And hopefully, within the next few years, take over my mother's successful photography business.
08/09/2007 04:15:34 PM · #12
I have a degree in math. Be an Actuary.

//www.beanactuary.org

The work is stimulating and useful.
08/09/2007 04:28:16 PM · #13
i had a choice pre-med or engineering, i went for engineering because i though 4 years not that bad.
got my bachelors degree , then i thought why not get a masters, you'll have better opportunities, and so i did.
after i was done, i thought why not get a PhD, and i am still still working towards it,
i ended spending as much time as i would have if i went into medicine.
08/09/2007 04:37:51 PM · #14
Originally posted by Chinabun:

how did you get a degree and then work for 3 yrs when you're only 22? when I read this I thought you were middle aged. I mean if you tried getting a job and could only find something for 8.75 an hr while you were still in college then yeh of course, you dont have any experience, and you wont get paid well. Maybe i'm missing something here.


I took it to mean 3 years of college debt - not 3 years of employment.
08/09/2007 04:48:30 PM · #15
I also majored in Math in college. I am now an Ultrasonographer. I went back to school for that a few years after graduating from college when I had a manager tell me she would never let me leave the position I was in. (I worked for a mortgage company at the time). So I decided to go back to school to better myself and do something more interesting and with much better pay.
08/09/2007 05:03:55 PM · #16
I ran faster than the other fellas I went to high school with and as such I had no criminal record... so I joined the police force. :O)

Ray
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