Burtch Works Blog

With more activity in the quantitative and research landscape than ever before, the Burtch Works recruiting team always has something to say about this rapidly shifting field. Check back often for our top career advice, new flash survey results, and expert opinions on changes in the market that could affect your career or company.

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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 »

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While centers and point guards may still get all the glory, for half the teams in the NBA, the hottest player may just be the team statistician. According to a March 12 article in the Wall Street Journal, writer David Biderman outlines how the winningest teams in basketball have “all invested heavily in statistics” and… Read more »

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John Kenneth Galbraith once said: “The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.” It seems the media agrees, as they are having a hard time these days deciding whether the economy is recovering, stagnant, or still on a downward slide. New numbers released almost daily can seem contradictory and confusing, so… Read more »

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Kicking SAS? Not if James Goodnight, statistician and CEO of the SAS Institute, has any say in the matter. Recently, the New York Times reported that the venerable software giant that created the statistical tool of choice for countless business statisticians for over three decades is under siege. New competition is threatening SAS’s longstanding, comfortable… Read more »

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The job market is up, I am excited to report. Any of you who are social networkers on sites like LinkedIn or who follow the job boards have probably noticed a definite uptick in activity in the last month or so. Quantitative jobs in particular have experienced a healthy surge (remember, statistics is the sexy… Read more »

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  Now that I have your attention, as the ongoing global recession continues to dominate the headlines, I thought we would take a moment to assess its impact our industry and, ultimately, our wallets. Almost across the board, corporate bottom lines have been hit hard by the downward pressure on the markets and economy. I… Read more »

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  Despite the long, painful slide that has hit most of the American job market, many of us in the quantitative community were fortunate that our employment options remained relatively intact until early this year. I wish I had a pithy quote, wry comment, or even a good joke to take the sting out of… Read more »