In this chapter, we provide some hints to help you get the right (for you) job as a statistician. We consider
The first step in seeking a position is having, at least, a general career goal.
Defining your career goal calls for you to decide, and perhaps document, what you wish to accomplish during the course of your professional career. In so doing, you should try to sketch out both your immediate objectives and what you would like to be doing in, say, 5, 10, 25, and 40 years from now. Clearly, the further out you go in time, the vaguer will be your objectives. You may aspire to eventually become (see Chapter 12)
Or you may just not yet know.
Students seeking their first full-time job as statisticians are often unsure even of their immediate objectives (other than gaining experience and making some money)—to say nothing of long-term career goals. For most individuals, career goals evolve over time as they encounter different environments and experiences—and as opportunities arise. The job search itself, ...