You've done your research, created a network, and beefed up your resume. Now it's time to hit the job market. The list below shows some organizations that often recruit IU graduates from analysis, math, and statistics majors. This list also shows some organizations where recent analysis, math, and statistics graduates have gone to work. Remember that an education in these majors can prepare you for a number of careers.
Analysis: Math & Statistics
- Hagerty Consulting Inc. - Financial & Management positions
- Capital One - Analyst positions
- Emerging Markets Private Equity Association - Analyst, Research Department
- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) - Data and Analyst positions
- Bank of America - Quantitative Management positions
- Sears Holdings Corporation - Analyst positions
- Epic - Technical positions
- NISA Investment Advisors, LLC - Analyst positions
- Sentinel HS Group, LLC - Analyst positions
- PEAK6 Investments, LP - Trading positions
- Dow AgroSciences - Statistician positions
- Greencastle Community School Corporation - Teacher positions
- STATS LLC - Analyst positions
- Walker Information - Project Manager positions
- RockAuto LLC - Supply Chain positions
- Bond Street Group - Software positions
- Flores Services - Teacher positions
- KIPP DC Public Schools - Teacher positions
- Marion Community Schools - Teacher positions
Job Search Sites
These sites post jobs that relate directly to analysis, statistics, and math. Remember to use these sites in addition to your network of people to maximize your chance of finding good opportunities. Many of the professional associations listed in the Meet People tab will post industry-specific jobs. Look for a page titled “careers,“ “jobs,“ “employment,“ or “opportunities.“
Keywords for Job Search
As you use the web to search for more opportunities, get creative with the search terms you use. Try the list below to maximize your results
- Strategic Planning
- Data Patterns and Relationships
- Operations Research
- Quantitative Analysis
- Quantitative/Financial Engineering
- Risk Management
- Equity Research/Sales/Trading
- Derivatives/Futures/FX & Structured Transactions
- Corporate/Structured Finance
- Portfolio Management
Organization & Company Research Resources
When you're preparing for a job interview, it pays to do your research. Use the resources here to learn about an organization's history, business, and culture. Once you have a good understanding of what the company's about, formulate a list of questions to ask during your interview. This will show your interviewer that you're genuinely interested in the job and give you a deeper understanding of what to expect if you're hired.
Common Interview Questions
Interviews can vary from one industry to another. Remember, interviewers are trying to assess your experience and your fit for a specific position, so depending on the position, your questions will vary greatly. This is a small sample of questions designed to help you understand the kind of field-specific questions you might be asked.
- How would you deal with a client who told you he or she wanted a project finished in two months instead of the three-month estimate you already agreed upon?
- What was the most difficult math or statistics course that you took and what did you learn?
- Give me an example of a time when you used your fact-finding skills/analytical skills to gain information needed to solve a problem. How did you analyze the information and come to a decision?
- What specific experience do you feel has best prepared you for a career in mathematics?
- What qualities do you have that make you an effective researcher?
- When developing a resume:
- Don’t include coursework, an objective statement, memberships, or interests
- Include your GPA
- Show exam progress/certifications
- Painstakingly proofread your resume for typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors
- Learn the tools of the trade, including SAS, SPSS, R, and SQL.
- Look at professional curriculums and speak with experienced professionals in your field or the organization you’re interested in. Knowing which statistics to look at and which ones to ignore is one of the most important secrets that only seasoned analytics professionals will be able to share.
- Follow analytics blogs, threads, and companies to keep abreast of the latest happenings in analytics.
- Be thoughtful about the nature of work you seek out. Typically, startups are more likely to hire people based on attitude/aptitude rather than experience and make a good target for internships. Experience in predictive modeling or data mining using SAS could be the difference between a career in reporting and ad hoc requests versus predictive modeling.