What to do after a Math BS

Black Knight Financial databud
Nov 8 12 Comments

I am graduating with a Math BS from UCI in a month.

I have an internship in a data science role under my belt and do some undergraduate research in econometrics using machine learning.

I'm trying to get a data analyst/data scientist role in LA area but not a lot is happening and I feel that I'm gonna end up in a random analyst role with 60k TC.

I'm applying to masters programs in Stats (UCI, UCLA, UCB, ???) to continue down the ML route towards a DS or MLE role. But my GPA is not the best (3.4) and so my hopes aren't too crazy high.

Any advice on where to go from here, what to do next? I've been considering learning more SWE skills but I enjoy DS.

Edit: Also, any suggestions for Stats MS programs to apply to given the background stated would be appreciated.

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  • eBay / Product bukeka
    Teach high school kids
    Nov 8 1
    • Black Knight Financial databud
      OP
      This is definitely what I'm AVOIDING by asking this. 1/4 of my classmates are doing exactly that
      Nov 8
  • Snapchat gqkO66
    There are basically no good entry level jobs in OC and LA. Look for a job basically everywhere else. Then come back to OC/LA
    Also the “data science has jobs jobs jerbs” is a fucking meme. It’s simply not true in the way “3-4 yoe in full stack dev has jobs jobs jobs” is.
    Nov 9 5
    • Black Knight Financial databud
      OP
      Where do you suggest I look for entry level roles? Bay Area? If I enjoy analytics and machine learning then what careers should I be looking at/working towards?
      Nov 9
    • Snapchat gqkO66
      You should be good at programming at a FAANG level. You can be okay at statistics and strong at programming and get a job much easier than being strong in statistics and okay at programming.
      Apply everywhere. Don’t marry yourself to OC/LA.
      Nov 9
    • Black Knight Financial databud
      OP
      That's kinda what I'm feeling. I need to get stronger at programming to really start getting any actual jobs. Any advice how to beef up my programming skills and be able to show it to companies?
      Nov 9
    • Snapchat gqkO66
      Leetcode and MySQL puzzles never hurt :)
      Nov 9
    • Black Knight Financial databud
      OP
      I'll have to start leetcoding more frequently. Thanks for the advice!
      Nov 9
  • Amazon git-pull
    Now become an ML engineer and do some BS math.
    Nov 9 0
  • Tubular Labs MSjy44
    Do a proper MS or PhD. Some companies require PhD for DS role.
    Nov 9 0
  • Microsoft asVc26
    Doing an ms, especially if you enjoy the subject is a good idea. Give software engineering as a profession a shot
    Nov 8 0
  • Samsung tipsycode
    If you're under 32 then do ms but if you're not then exp is everything
    Nov 8 0

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