Questions tagged [career-development]

Questions on mathematical career development. Keep in mind that asking for personal advice about your individual career development is not allowed on Mathematics Stack Exchange. Also consider whether your question is more appropriate for Academia Stack Exchange.

Questions on mathematical career development. Keep in mind that asking for personal advice about your individual career development is not allowed on Mathematics Stack Exchange. Also consider whether your question is more appropriate for Academia Stack Exchange.

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How to go about studying chaos theory/dynamical systems/fluid dynamics in grad school with a physics background?

I'm turning to you as I find myself in need of help as to how to best go about studying something related to chaos theory/dynamical systems/fluid dynamics in postgraduate school. I'm currently in my third year of physics and my first question would…
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How difficult is it to get an academic job?

Like many others here, I hope to someday become a professor. I've heard that it's very, very difficult and competitive in pure math, and I thought I would come here to ask your opinions. For those of you that have finished your PhDs, where have your…
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Are there any common practices in mathematics to guard against mistakes?

It occurred to me that math is somewhat like programming (or vice-versa, if you prefer) because, in both, it is easy to make mistakes or overlook them, and the smallest error or misguided assumption can make everything else go completely wrong. In…
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Is it possible to be a mathematician without being mathematically talented?

Apparently I'm not mathematically talented enough to be hired as a postdoc. Is there any way to earn a living while continuing to do mathematics I love (commutative algebra)? I don't like teaching or working in financial market.
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How do I tell if I am able to go to graduate school in math?

This is my first question on this site, and this question may sound disturbing. My apologies, but I truly need some advice on this. I am a sophomore math major at a fairly good math department (top 20 in the U.S.), and after taking some upper-level…
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Grad school & success in the long run

I am an undergraduate mathematics student at some university in Turkey. I am doing well in math classes. Actually, I did not study very hard in my freshmen year and I got not so high grades from Calculus classes but then in the following years I…
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Pure mathematics in our society

Is there some book or essay which deals with the sociological and economical justification of doing and funding pure mathematics? I'm looking for a modern version of Hardy's A Mathematician's Apology, but if possible from a non-mathematician's point…
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What is the expected mathematical repertoire of a Ph.D. program applicant in the US?

I am an undergraduate (currently a sophomore) studying to prepare for applying to a Ph.D. program in mathematics. I have thus far structured my course selection upon the advice of a friend I met during freshman year (he was a senior) who has gone on…
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Research Experience for Undergraduates: Summer Programs (that accept non-American applicants)

There are many summer research programs in the United States, targeted at good motivated undergraduate students majoring in mathematics. The main aspects that characterize such programs are: (a) a great deal of lectures on specific topics; (b) the…
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Jobs in industry for pure mathematicians

While I love research and academia and would prefer to continue there, I've found myself in industry and haven't felt it's a good match for my interests. Moreover, I'm constantly frustrated by the lack of opportunity to do math research. I'd like to…
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How do you retain knowledge of multiple undergraduate math courses?

I know, "practice, practice, practice." But is that really what professional mathematicians do? Do you actually solve a differential equation every day, do a contour integral every day, do a SVD of a matrix, compute a sum of random variables, work…
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Can an older person become an expert in math?

Is learning math like learning a language, in that there's a certain cutoff age (pretty young) that you need to start learning by, otherwise you'll never be fluent? Is the novice older brain malleable enough to really grasp the concepts…
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Mathematical research outside academia

My goal up through grad school had been to spend my life doing academic, research mathematics. I got screwed by my advisor and department, though, so that hasn't worked out. I would nevertheless still like to do math and somehow contribute. Is there…
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Mathematical Habit

Whenever I have to do proofs or understand a concept, I start with examples and generalize. As an aspiring mathematician, I have fears that it might hurt me, especially when we have so many counterintuitive things. It is more convenient to do things…
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Head hunters/job search sites for Mathematicians?

What are good job search sites, head hunter/recruiting agencies for mathematicians looking for industry jobs? If this question is not appropriate for the math stack exchange, please feel free to redirect me.
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