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October 28th, 2014, 04:58 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Oct 2014 From: WilkesBarre Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  Interview with mathematician
I'm a sophomore in high school and wish to pursue a career in mathematics. I am conducting an interview and hope that a mathematician (or actuary, statistician, economist, etc.) will respond to my questions. Thank you! 1. Did you take an AP math course in high school? 2. What math classes did you take in college? 3. Have you always been interested in math? 4. Do you like your job? 5. Do you solve problems on an every day basis? 6. What field of math do you use most? 7. Have you had experience with any other jobs involving math? 8. Do you work with people in other math jobs? 9. How did you choose your job? 10. If you could start all over again, would you choose the same career as you have now? 
October 29th, 2014, 01:38 AM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Jan 2012 From: Erewhon Posts: 245 Thanks: 112 
1. Did you take an AP math course in high school? I did not attend school in the US, I did UK Alevels, Maths as two subjects + Special Paper (equivalent of STEP) and Physics 2. What math classes did you take in college? Real Analysis I&II, Algebra, Mathematical Methods for Science and Engineering, Complex Analysis I&II, Continuous Media, Statistics I, Mechanics, Modern Physics, Electromagnetism, Relativity, Functional Analysis. 3. Have you always been interested in math? I have always been good at it, school maths was pretty routine compared to physics. 4. Do you like your job? Yes, it has been described by at least one independent Android as sexy! 5. Do you solve problems on an everyday basis? Yes. 6. What field of math do you use most? Applied Probability, Linear Algebra and Fourier Analysis. 7. Have you had experience with any other jobs involving math? Don't know what you mean, but I worked on UK Government Statistics for seven years, which is different from what I do now. 8. Do you work with people in other math jobs? Don't know what this means. I work with assorted people doing engineering jobs but who are not "Engineers", some of whom have maths degrees but don't selfdescribe as mathematicians. 9. How did you choose your job? What job, this is my seventh job, the first one related to this I took as a temporary thing while I finished writing up my PhD. 10. If you could start all over again, would you choose the same career as you have now? Maybe, but in retrospect there is at least one decision I would have made differently (I would have taken the fixed term research job on the astronomical satellite project that I was offered). CB Last edited by CaptainBlack; October 29th, 2014 at 01:41 AM. 
October 30th, 2014, 05:13 PM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Oct 2014 From: WilkesBarre Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 
Thank you for your response! Do you mind if I ask what your current job is?

October 30th, 2014, 09:40 PM  #4 
Senior Member Joined: Jan 2012 From: Erewhon Posts: 245 Thanks: 112  
April 26th, 2015, 03:23 PM  #5 
Newbie Joined: Apr 2015 From: Australia Posts: 3 Thanks: 0 Math Focus: Graph Theory/ Algorithms  Your job sounds very interesting. I'm about to finish my PhD in Computer Science. But I have no bridge to Industry. How did you learned about your job?

November 9th, 2016, 10:19 PM  #6 
Newbie Joined: Nov 2016 From: Summit Posts: 1 Thanks: 0 
Thanks for sharing your experience.


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