How Many People Have a Background in Maths, Sci, Eng, Med, etc.?

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Re: Re: How Many People Have a Background in Maths, Sci, Eng, Med, etc.?

Postby cfimages » 02 Jun 2011, 18:37

saddletramp wrote:
cfimages wrote:BSc in environmental science and climatology. Thanks to Johnny Howards great funding cuts of 1996/97, never got a chance to use it.


Damn, that's a shame. Hot field right now, you want some contact details?


Thanks for the offer. Just saw your email, will reply later tonight when I'm at a computer (hate typing on a phone)
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Re: How Many People Have a Background in Maths, Sci, Eng, Med, etc.?

Postby Abacus » 02 Jun 2011, 20:50

BS mechanical engineering and 4 yrs auto industry experience. I hated the lifestyle and stress of being an engineer. I'll stick around Taiwan TEFLing for a couple more years and get a teaching cert in math back home. Overall my English writing sucks as almost anyone can notice but I think I'm a pretty good teacher.
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Re: How Many People Have a Background in Maths, Sci, Eng, Med, etc.?

Postby zyzzx » 02 Jun 2011, 21:12

Bachelors and doctorate in the coolest (and most fun) of the sciences - earth sciences, currently working in a research position (although hoping to move on up in the academic world soon :whistle: )
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Re: How Many People Have a Background in Maths, Sci, Eng, Med, etc.?

Postby Super Hans » 02 Jun 2011, 22:09

Saddletramp wrote:Electronics, and I have used it professionally for 30 years. Except now I am an aspiring Sandwich Artist.


A little imagination and Bob's your uncle: Solar powered submarines. You could apply for a patent. :)
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Re: How Many People Have a Background in Maths, Sci, Eng, Med, etc.?

Postby saddletramp » 02 Jun 2011, 22:27

Super Hans wrote:
Saddletramp wrote:Electronics, and I have used it professionally for 30 years. Except now I am an aspiring Sandwich Artist.


A little imagination and Bob's your uncle: Solar powered submarines. You could apply for a patent. :)


I like that. You would make a good marketing consultant.
But I think a big reason that I decided to leave the rat race and become an entrepreneur, is for my son. I have been checking out the tuition rates, and for what it costs to send a kid through school, might be better off to buy them a business. And if the kid picks a liberal arts major, even to the graduate level, they will probably be stuck in the fast food industry anyway. A lot of my art history major buddies career choices turned out to be "you want fries with that". :discodance:
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Re: How Many People Have a Background in Maths, Sci, Eng, Med, etc.?

Postby wix » 02 Jun 2011, 23:41

My undergraduate major was applied mathematics. However, my subsequent studies have been in the social sciences.
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How Many People Have a Background in Maths, Sci, Eng, Med, etc.?

Postby headhonchoII » 03 Jun 2011, 00:08

GuyInTaiwan wrote:HH: Work experience too?


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Re: How Many People Have a Background in Maths, Sci, Eng, Med, etc.?

Postby Gao Bohan » 03 Jun 2011, 01:25

I don't have a degree in science or math, but my MBA program included statistics courses, which I have actively put to use for the engineering firm I work at. For example, I have been run regression analyses on software testing results, and determined the required sample size to arrive at statistically significant QC results. Obviously, these are simple tasks and I don't consider myself an engineer or mathematician. Still, it was satisfying to apply mathematical techniques in a real world situation.
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Re: How Many People Have a Background in Maths, Sci, Eng, Med, etc.?

Postby GuyInTaiwan » 03 Jun 2011, 10:19

saddletramp: Your point about buying a business as opposed to paying for tuition might very well be right. Even better might be to just start an investment portfolio for a/your child at a very young age. By the age of twenty-five, that could be huge. If you teach them how to think about that themselves, by the time they're in their mid-thirties or early forties, with any decent (though not stellar) job, they could be very comfortable.

I probably consider financial literacy to be third in importance of what anyone learns, beaten only by literacy and basic numeracy. Yet there's an enormous, gaping hole in the education system there. Usually, kids will do a two week unit on simple and compound interest (simple interest is a complete waste of time knowing about because almost everything is compounded) in mathematics when they're about fourteen. They may or may not do some kind of consumer studies subject later in high school, and then they may go on to study business/economics related subjects at the end of high school or at university, but the vast mass of people receive next to no practical education in managing money. If nothing else, I'm going to be actively teaching my kids all about personal finance, investing and behavioural economics.
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Re: How Many People Have a Background in Maths, Sci, Eng, Med, etc.?

Postby Dr. McCoy » 03 Jun 2011, 11:49

So. The answer to this thread is... three.
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