How to get into a math/finance profession
March 15, 2011 4:35 PM Subscribe
Help me crunch numbers for fun and profit (mostly profit). I need help deciding whether and how to get more education for a change of careers, and which direction to head. Big picture is that I’m an architect, considering retraining for a math and finances based job.
I’ve been practicing architecture (construction industry) for 13 years. I’m at the point of looking forward and realizing that even if I do very well, the profession likely won’t provide for the financial rewards and job security I’m looking for. I’ve had second thoughts about the profession before, but now I’m seriously considering getting additional education or credentials towards a new direction. I am very good at strategic planning and organization and I have a strength in mathematics and an interest in statistics, so I am thinking about possibilities including accounting, actuarial work or (currently seems less likely) an MBA.
I know this is changing from what many consider an interesting and dynamic career for a dull one. That is part of the idea. Supply and demand means that I'm currently in competition with a ton of really creative and intelligent people for a very small pie. I want to change that.
I’ve previously taken courses up through calculus 3 and 400/500 level probabilities, but 18 years have passed since. Rusty doesn’t begin to describe my higher math skills, but I know I enjoy it and can do it. Part of this is that I also have a CS minor, likewise very rusty.
I’ve always done exemplary at math, and on standardized tests, so I’m not too concerned about test taking aspects of any of these directions (GMAT, actuarial exams, etc.).
I'm a bit nervous that my B.Arch. GPA is 3.1. That was top 10% for the program and doesn't matter in the real world, but may it impact ability to get into a good program if I do decide to do a Masters for this?
My ideal path would be continuing to work and pursuing this through night or part time school. I have relatively few options here in Vermont, so it may mean online programs.
There are plenty of other elements, but I think those are the main ones. I’m really open to thoughts, comments, and suggestions here. I’m putting my toe in the water; help me figure out if it is hot or cold.