I graduated with my Master's almost two years ago and couldn't find a job for 3 months. I ended up quiting my job search and started my own
statistical consulting business with some funding from angel investors. Eight months later, that company failed, but I found a decent job at a
tech start-up in Denver. They were impressed with my entrepreneurial initiative right out of college, and I was completely honest about how I
was not prepared to run a company. Thankfully, it worked out.
I'm starting another job search soon, as I've been in my current job for 13 months, and I'm hoping things are a little quicker this time as I have
some good job experiance and a slew of freelance consultations under my belt.
I haven't read the entire thread, but I some posts about the degree and where one received their education. One thing I've realized about employers and prospective employees, at least in a tech industry context, is that what you majored in and where you studied are largely irrelevant. The senior software engineer at our company has a psychology degree from some small school and one of our junior developers doesn't have anything beyond a high school education. Of course, I also work with guys who have electrical engineering and economics degrees from stanford and berkeley. In the tech world, whether it's Garmin (i know a few people with poli sci and econ backgrounds who work there) , Google, or some small start-up, they are more concerned about your skills than what you studied or where you went to school.
Edited by amathew - 7/5/12 at 10:40am