What are inter-disciplinary and atypical uses for math MSc?
July 28, 2014 5:02 AM Subscribe
I have just completed my MSc in mathematics in Europe. I do enjoy math, but I spent my uni years feeling like a autodidact hippie marooned on an island full of Mr and Mrs I-Want-A-Good-Job. My main interests revolve around humanities (literature/history/anthropology) and economics (but not finance), and instead of starting a "stable" well-paying career I dream about something inter-disciplinary. I am very open to earning little money and relocating just to do kind of work that engages those skills. What are some random uses of my degree?
posted by desultory_banyan to Work & Money (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
While I know that this might be kind of "have your cake and eat it too" scenario, I dream about utilising my core technical skills in an environment which doesn't stifle my humanistic interests but rather sees them as strengths. I am very open to studying more, but PhD programs that I find don't really cater to mathematicians who don't want to do pure math anymore. While this is very hopeful, math+analytic skills+statistics+coding are in-demand skills these days, so there must be opportunities there.
- I am mid-twenties. I am located in Europe (studied in Poland and Germany). I have no ties and can go anywhere, but highly US-specific info doesn't apply.
- I saved money and only need to earn for basic living needs, which are low.
- I am open to working short-term, half-time, trying as many new things as possible, travelling a lot to random places.
- I did most of my studying on probability/statistics and graph theory. I loved game theory. I learn fast.
- I have working experience in healthcare assessment (statistics) and I code (also in R and for web). It was pleasant, might do that some more, but I'd happily try something different.
- I am useless at googling things, my ability to search for jobs/opportunities is non-existent and I'm haplessly clueless about all this "selling yourself" business.
So, in a nutshell: random, low-paying, humanities and soft/life sciences, uni work, weird places, inter-disciplinary PhDs (?).
Not my cup of tea: marketing, business, actuarial science, engineering, pure programming, big companies.
As a very dim example, I loved reading about Cliodynamics (historical modelling). My main inspirations (intellectually) are Jacob Bronowski and Douglas Hofstaedter. I adore Tyler Cowen's Marginal Revolution.
I realise this is a long shot, but it can't harm to ask and google around. You are welcome to be as random as you want.