Need math info interviews
November 20, 2012 5:52 AM Subscribe
I am interested in becoming a mathematician! I want to do some info interviews to figure out what that actually means for my daily life and future prospects. How do I get started?
posted by deathpanels to Education (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Thanks to Ask MeFi, I've learned that information interviews are a thing. I would like to spend some time talking to a few people with a M.S/M.A. in mathematics to see where they work, what doors their education opened for them, what skills I should try to pick up if I do earn another degree, or if there are any shortcuts to getting there. (To be clear, I already have a B.S. in a related field.)
I am, however, a little uncertain of how to find people to interview. My only idea so far has been to contact the math department at a local university and ask for alumni references. Are there any better ways of reaching relevant people who would be willing to be interviewed? I'm at the beginning stages of this research, so I don't have much of a clue as far as what specific job descriptions I'm looking for; hence, my milquetoastishness. Thanks!