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    Confused on what to do next.

    Hello all,

    I am pretty sure many of you know who I am, as I am usually an avid poster on this website, and usually seeking for help, LOL.

    Anyways, I started 2 years ago in the summer in intermediate algebra, now I will be finishing calculus 3 and linear algebra this summer. I will either be going to UCLA, UC Berkeley, or UCSD for my major. However, this is what I am stuck on: I do not know what to major in. I was thinking to do applied mathematics and also double majoring in business economics. I know for a fact, I want to do something involved with mathematics.

    What did you guys do in your undergraduate school? And did it have any reflection of the job industry you are in currently?
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    Re: Confused on what to do next.

    this isn't a question you should ask strangers on the internet.

    Talk to your peers, family, counselors, religious representatives if you have them.

    All things considered I would choose a path based on what you enjoy doing and feel is important rather than on what happens to be making money at the moment.

    Personally I'm suspicious of finance but that's just me. Maybe you would be the economist that successfully redesigned the system to be more than a shell game.

    I believe for the most part as a mathematician type you'll find one job much like any other. The problems will be different but for the most part you'll be solving them using the same methodologies. Strive to work somewhere that solves real problems. Not just problems designed to optimize cash flows into the companies bank account.

    Money is important yes. It enables many things. But at some level of comfort having more money doesn't bring you the happiness that the self satisfaction of doing a good job at important tasks will.

    good luck
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    Re: Confused on what to do next.

    I studied all forms of abstract mathematics. The more abstract, the more it fascinated me. I am a huge fan of topology, algebraic topology, number theory, combinatorics, and algebra. It was extremely difficult for me to find a position after I graduated. I did not study any applied math, and it led me pretty much nowhere. My only choice seemed to be to find a position outside of math or remain in academia. For a time, I found a position that required no math, and I am slowly increasing my abilities with applied math. That is definitely a great way to go.
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    Re: Confused on what to do next.

    Quote Originally Posted by romsek View Post
    this isn't a question you should ask strangers on the internet.

    Talk to your peers, family, counselors, religious representatives if you have them.

    All things considered I would choose a path based on what you enjoy doing and feel is important rather than on what happens to be making money at the moment.

    Personally I'm suspicious of finance but that's just me. Maybe you would be the economist that successfully redesigned the system to be more than a shell game.

    I believe for the most part as a mathematician type you'll find one job much like any other. The problems will be different but for the most part you'll be solving them using the same methodologies. Strive to work somewhere that solves real problems. Not just problems designed to optimize cash flows into the companies bank account.

    Money is important yes. It enables many things. But at some level of comfort having more money doesn't bring you the happiness that the self satisfaction of doing a good job at important tasks will.

    good luck
    I agree with that, and I struggle with that concept every day. I think I do have the level of apt. to go into a businessesque job or what you have it, but I do not think that will make me happy. My brother graduated from Cal Berkeley w/ a major in business, mind you he is really intelligent and he could have done any major he wanted to, but he did this major b/cuz of the monetary gains and networking. He did make 120k right out of college, but as far as how happy he is -- I could not tell you that.

    I ultimately love the logic of math, and the feeling of completing or doing a hard problem that took a long time to figure out.
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    Re: Confused on what to do next.

    I encourage you to research what an actuary does if you enjoy and excel at math! I began late and wish I had gotten an earlier start on the series of actuarial exams. Google median pay for a senior actuary if you need some motivation!

    Be an Actuary
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    Re: Confused on what to do next.

    Cool, thank you for that.

    Do you think a UCLA or Berkeley Program in applied math or statistics would be good for being prepared to study for an actuary? UCLA does have a financial actuary mathematics major, Berkeley does not. UC Santa Barbara has an actuarial science. Should I join the university for a math major? Or simply one that focuses all on actuary?

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