Flash Survey Results for Analytics Pros – Job Opportunities

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As you probably already know, I’m always interested in gathering information from and about the analytic community. Our salary study for Big Data professionals is the biggest project we’ve taken on within this mission, but recently we conducted a very brief “flash survey” of our connections regarding a topic that I’m hearing about more and more:… Read more »

Math Education + Quantitative Job = Career Satisfaction

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  Few individuals in this world aspire to earn the title “geek”, but that may soon change given the Wall Street Journal’s listings of Best Jobs of 2011. As it turns out, analytically-minded individuals are thriving in their positions as Actuaries, Accountants, Statisticians, and Mathematicians. In fact, they very well may be the most satisfied working professionals out there…. Read more »

Snowstorms, Snowshoes and Anecdotal Evidence

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Becky, snowshoe racing in Wisconsin. Note the hat: it’s Packer spirit wear; she’ll be cheering Greenbay during Sunday’s Superbowl. Well, it’s here — the Snowstorm of the Century has hit Chicago. I’m not quite sure how significant that is in a century that’s only 11 years old, but we’ve definitely got accumulation, with some serious… Read more »

Stepping Out of the Box

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Mongolia, August 2010 Ger Tents in the Gobi It turns out that when you travel somewhere exotic and foreign,you’ll discover that things are, well, exotic and foreign. During our family summer adventure in Mongolia, we experienced the full yin and yang of foreign and exotic — from fantastic to absurd, from interesting to alien, from… Read more »

Pictures from Mongolia!

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The family (that’s a reindeer in the middle) What do you thing of this as our holiday card? Lake Khovsgol, Mongolia In the Gobi Desert Lake Khovsgol, Mongolia Ger tents — sans plumbing Beer — the universal language!   In Beijing on our way home. That’s the “Birds Nest” from the 2008 Summer Olympics

Double Dip?

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Not on my radar, unless you are talking about ice cream. I will admit that the job market in general has slowed since my last post. I would describe the first quarter of 2010 as frothy: lots of companies actively and aggressively recruiting, and lots of candidates anxious to rev up their careers after a… Read more »

In the Swim of Things

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  Jay taking a dip in a saltwater oasis near the Libyan border.Like many families with school-aged children, we recently returned from a spring break vacation. We needed a break from the long Chicago winter — a little bit of warmth and relaxation and, of course, some swimming. What is it about swimming that makes… Read more »

Back to the Future?

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  Those of you that have been following my occasional blogging may remember that I proudly have a “math geek” 13 year old son. I enthusiastically reported to him that this year’s list of top jobs ranked math number one. Of course, being an executive recruiter specializing in the quantitative business sciences, I was equally… Read more »

Family Dinner Conversation

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Just a few nights ago, during our family dinner, the topic of the eighth-grade social order arose. It seems my 13-year-old twins, Jay and Becky, have a pretty clear understanding of where they (and all of their classmates) stand in the pecking order. Becky said she resides somewhere in the middle —abercrombie jeans and Ugg… Read more »