Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and minors in statistics, statistical methods, actuarial science, and business 2016
I decided to major in math because I seemed to always enjoy those courses in high school. I liked being able to just sit down and work through a problem until I found a solution. Then I came up to Truman for a visit day and talked with Dr. Shaw. He talked about the math major as well as the actuarial science minor at Truman. After talking with him, I knew that was what I wanted to major in.
I currently am in a finance rotation program at Boeing. My current rotation falls under program management where I am an integrated scheduler working on P-8 Training Systems. During my junior year, I went to the career fair and talked with Boeing. They interviewed me and gave me an internship. The internship then led to a full time position in their rotation program. My first rotation was chosen for me based on my background.
How I use math in my job:
In my current job, I really just use the skills learned by being in the major. I use a lot of problem solving and logic skills to understand how different engineering tasks can fit together to meet the contractual date while also not running over on cost. I have to understand the relationship between the information technology team and the software team and then how that impacts the integration and test teams. I have also been able to use some statistical knowledge on the side since I was asked to help analyze an employee survey.
Advice to Truman students getting ready to hit the job market:
My main advice for students is try and get an internship as early as possible. It really helps you know whether or not you like a certain area. For me, an internship also got me a full time position at Boeing. My other advice is to make sure you start networking early on in your career. For example, right now I work with a lot of engineering managers. I told them about my interest in getting into systems engineering, and now they are helping me look for different job postings and are giving me interview tips.