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Axion004

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About Axion004

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  • MBTI
    INTJ
  • Brain Dominance
    Right

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  • Biography
    I have asperger's syndrome. I like my interests below.
  • Location
    Michigan
  • Occupation
    Computer Programmer, Graduate Student - Applied Mathematics, Amateur Astronomer.
  • Interests
    Math, Astronomy, Statistics, Economics, Google, Physics, Symbol/Pattern Recognition, Long Walks
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  1. I am in my final year of B.Tech Chemical Engineering  and i am preparing to pursue my higher studies in abroad. Can you people  suggest me  the best country to pursue MS chemical engineering and let me know about the job prospects in various countries.   

    1. Axion004

      Axion004

      I'm not sure, I wouldn't go abroad for a MS degree. I would only go abroad for a doctorate degree. Can you complete the MS degree near home? Alternatively, can you do research for one year and then apply for a doctorate degree?

    2. sai abhishek

      sai abhishek

      Actually my aim is to complete my masters in the US and work in an industry as a field engineer in america but due to Trump there is a lot of effect on jobs to the immigrants .So what do you suggest whether to do Masters in the US or any other country?

  2. Honestly, people shouldn't be going to college if they are directionless and unmotivated. Can you take a year or two off from college and try doing something in the working world?
  3. The grand majority of people won't read great (technical) books. One of my favorite books has four reviews on Amazon. I wouldn't expect a large number of people to read technical information.
  4. I don't want to work in the IT field. I hate working in the IT field. I did take computer science courses in school (up to data structures, I couldn't fit operating systems). At the end of the data structures course, I realized that I really didn't like programming (despite getting a 99% in the course). I certainly liked doing math problems, writing proofs, and reading textbooks much more than my programming assignments. I applied to many positions outside of IT including Operations Research Statistics Government Public Policy Similar to the post above, the recruiters for these positions assume that I want to work in IT and that I love working with computers. Many people work in IT due to basic supply and demand. There honestly doesn't appear to be a lot of other positions available. I spent a lot of time looking at different career possibilities. I don't want to be a financial analyst or an actuary. It certainly isn't black and white. Most young people have no idea what they want to do for the rest of their lives. They usually "try things out" before committing twenty years of their life.
  5. Formal education doesn't correlate with career success outside of school. I have over thirty As on my college transcript and work at a position that could be done by a high school graduate. Most business positions aren't STEM related, the shortage of STEM graduates is a myth. There is a huge supply of STEM graduates, most job openings want people with software development skills. Students who don't take intensive software development courses cannot compete with the thousands of trained professionals (I took up to Data Structures, but that really doesn't matter).
  6. This same sort of scenario happens to everyone. As a comparison, let's take a look at my family. Father: Grew up in Detroit, MI and attended university. Completed three degrees (BA in Economics, MBA, and MS in Strategic Planning) and then worked at many different positions. He spent four years as a city planner, seven years at Ford, and then ten to twenty years as a Financial Manager at TRW. When he was 25, he wanted to go back to school to complete another degree in finance. By modern standards he is somewhat successful. Mother: Grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and attended pharmacy school. Completed pharmacy school and has worked as a pharmacist for over 30 years. She is currently miserable with her job and wants to retire. She is a reasonably intelligent woman (INFJ) who never fully applied herself. Older Sister: Grew up near Detroit, MI and completed a BA in Economics and then a JD. She has worked as an attorney for the past several years at the same firm. She is miserable and materialistic. I don't really like her. She was a decent person before she became a lawyer. Me: Grew up near Detroit, MI and completed a BA in Economics and then a MS in Math. Worked in an extremely mediocre position as a software consultant and tester. Considers himself an utter failure. Twin Brother: Grew up near Detroit, MI and completed a BS in Chemical Engineering out of state. Worked at three different companies in five years and has been successful as a product engineer. Younger Sister: Grew up near Detroit, MI and completed a BS in Elementary Education. She then worked as a teacher for nine months and hated it. She is now training to become an accountant. I could mention 50+ other people and compare them. The people who do well generally tend to work hard and have good social skills. Having a high IQ does not guarantee success. Also note that many people (myself included) are working in positions slightly below their skill level. This is especially true for recent graduates who don't know how to network.
  7. I would suggest researching open positions for the MS degree. In my experience (MS in applied mathematics, internships, good grades, etc.), most students don't work with mathematics unless they have a PhD. Most students are absorbed into IT positions such as software development, software testing, or consulting. Some people also work in finance or for defense contractors.

    1. GhenghisKhan

      GhenghisKhan

      Thanks for the tips/heads-up.

      How about OR/logistics? I was looking into it also as its the most obvious application of math in industry I think. 

  8. You probably won't work as a "mathematician" with a MS degree. Inside the private or public sector, most people start as a Research Analyst, Programmer Analyst, Statistician, Systems Analyst, or similar. There are interesting positions with defense contractors such as Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and many others. I don't know what else you can do with a MS in Applied Mathematics (it seems like all the interesting work requires a PhD). I graduated about one year ago with a MS in Applied Mathematics, over a 3.7 GPA, multiple internships and extra curricular activities, sports participation, etc. and was only able to find entry level work in software consulting and testing. To say that I am ticked off would be a massive understatement, I will be working in a new position soon. I probably failed to network and connect with other people due to asperger's syndrome. I am also seriously considering going back to school to complete a PhD.
  9. A normal sequence is Calculus 1 -> Calculus 2 -> Calculus 3 -> Differential Equations -> Linear Algebra -> Intro to Proofs (Bridge to Mathematics) -> Abstract Algebra -> Real Analysis. The three most important classes are Intro to Proofs (it may be called Bridge to Mathematics), Abstract Algebra, and Real Analysis. These classes prepare you for advanced mathematics and graduate school. If you are interested in geometry (or are majoring in physics), Topology would also be essential. After that, it depends on other factors. 1. Do you want to go to graduate school? 2. Are you majoring in pure or applied mathematics? 3. Do you like writing proofs? After you take Abstract Algebra and Real Analysis, a number of courses are open such as Complex Analysis, Differential Geometry, Chaos Theory, Mathematical Statistics, Number Theory, Algebraic Number Theory, Elliptic Functions (some universities offer this as a course), Partial Differential Equations, etc. are open. MIT has a good list of mathematics courses on MIT Open Courseware. There are a large amount of upper level undergraduate and graduate courses that I did not mention, some of these overlap with the computer science curriculum. UCI made a decent article for graduate study. I majored in applied mathematics and might go back for a PhD (completed MS degree). I did Calculus 1 -> Calculus 2 -> Calculus 3 -> Differential Equations -> Linear Algebra -> Advanced Linear Algebra -> Partial Differential Equations -> Numerical Analysis -> Mathematical Modeling -> Data Structures -> More PDE -> Abstract Algebra -> Complex Analysis -> Chaos Theory -> Thermodynamics -> Riemann zeta function. I initially studied economics and missed some of the core courses. Extremely prepared undergraduate students will take graduate courses. It all depends on what you want to do after you graduate.
  10. The Dumbest Generation : Let's take stock of young America. Compared to previous generations, American youth have more schooling (college enrollments have never been higher); more money ($100 a week in disposable income); more leisure time (five hours a day); and more news and information (Internet, The Daily Show, RSS feeds). What do they do with all that time and money? They download, upload, IM, post, chat, and network. (Nine of their top ten sites are for social networking.) They watch television and play video games (2 to 4 hours per day). And here is what they don't do: They don't read, even online (two thirds aren't proficient in reading); they don't follow politics (most can't name their mayor, governor, or senator); they don't maintain a brisk work ethic (just ask employers); and they don't vote regularly (45 percent can't comprehend a ballot). They are the dumbest generation. They enjoy all the advantages of a prosperous, high-tech society. Digital technology has fabulously empowered them, loosened the hold of elders. Yet adolescents use these tools to wrap themselves in a generational cocoon filled with puerile banter and coarse images. The founts of knowledge are everywhere, but the rising generation camps in the desert, exchanging stories, pictures, tunes, and texts, savoring the thrill of peer attention. If they don't change, they will be remembered as fortunate ones who were unworthy of the privileges they inherited. They may even be the generation that lost that great American heritage, forever. I'm not surprised if we are the dumbest generation. Millennials spend the majority of their free time watching television, playing video games, or scanning Youtube videos. I don't know many millennials who read a new textbook every week.
  11. As someone who has stayed at the same place for 5+ years, I would definitely recommend leaving. I hate my job and my career prospects. I have been clinically depressed for the past eight months. Don't do what I did, leave if you get a better offer.
  12. The online application process is horrendous. Applying to a job (alongside editing your resume and cover letter) takes 30+ minutes. Most of the applications go into a black hole.
  13. I agree with AaronSheffield, some white collar (office) jobs require less skill than blue collar jobs. People shouldn't look down on blue collar jobs. Just because someone is working in a blue collar job doesn't mean they are uneducated or unskilled. My niece graduated with a 4.0 GPA in college and works as a construction manager. Her husband is also a construction manager and was pre-med in university study. I cannot do the majority of blue collar jobs and have a MS degree. Don't look down on blue collar jobs or workers.
  14. I am looking to move into Operations Research. Specifically, something similar to this. I am excited by the career opportunities and will probably continue higher education.

  15. I would start looking for new positions. I am in the same situation, although not as extreme. I should have left years ago.