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ANALYST for Subcontractor of Dept of Homeland Security: It's Who You Know

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An analyst with a subcontractor for the Dept of Homeland Security says: it's not what you know, it's who you know. His advice: Find internships that will introduce you to people in the field and make yourself known to as many people as possible.

Degree: Journalism - Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics - Political Science
Job Title: Analyst - Researcher
Employer: Subcontractor for Dept of Homeland Security

Job Summary: Operations Research Analysts

Job Description

Operations research analysts use advanced methods of analysis to help organizations solve problems and make better decisions.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Many operations research analysts who work with the military are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$40,000 - $125,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Home, Travel, Indoor, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Mathematical skills, People skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented

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m='17200'>educational</span> <span m='17555'>path.</span> <span m='19430'>I</span> <span m='19790'>went</span> <span m='19880'>to</span> <span m='20120'>the</span> <span m='20240'>University of</span> <span m='20460'>Maryland</span> <span m='21340'>at</span> <span m='21610'>College</span> <span m='21870'>Park,</span> <span m='22190'>and</span> <span m='22640'>I</span> <span m='22780'>attended</span> <span m='23060'>the</span> <span m='23260'>Philip</span> <span m='23540'>Merrill</span> <span m='23970'>College of</span> <span m='24440'>Journalism</span> <span m='24830'>there.</span> <span m='26000'>I</span> <span m='27980'>have my</span> <span m='28420'>degree</span> <span m='28700'>in</span> <span m='28760'>journalism,</span> <span m='29652'>my</span> <span m='30100'>bachelor</span> <span m='30420'>of</span> <span m='30840'>arts,</span> <span m='31390'>and</span> <span m='32320'>I</span> <span m='33080'>had</span> <span m='33370'>minors</span> <span m='33850'>in</span> <span m='34250'>government and</span> <span m='34739'>politics,</span> <span m='35717'>and I</span> <span m='36206'>also</span> <span m='36695'>had</span> <span m='37184'>concentrations</span> <span m='37673'>in</span> <span m='38162'>Arabic</span> <span m='38651'>and history.</span> </p><p><span m='42430'>I</span> <span m='43010'>came</span> <span m='43730'>to</span> <span m='43790'>my</span> <span m='43900'>career--</span> <span m='44890'>my</span> <span m='45660'>school</span> <span m='46060'>educational</span> <span m='46530'>path</span> <span m='46950'>fairly</span> <span m='47370'>late in life.</span> <span m='48729'>I</span> <span m='50090'>wanted to</span> <span m='50250'>go into</span> <span m='50380'>the</span> <span m='50500'>military</span> <span m='52010'>after</span> <span m='52230'>high</span> <span m='52390'>school,</span> <span m='52690'>but</span> <span m='52810'>unfortunately,</span> <span m='53290'>I</span> <span m='53340'>have</span> <span m='53520'>very</span> <span m='53950'>poor</span> <span m='54170'>eyesight.</span> <span m='54850'>And it</span> <span m='55230'>was</span> <span m='55610'>poor</span> <span m='55920'>enough that</span> <span m='56366'>I was excluded from</span> <span m='56812'>all branches</span> <span m='57260'>of</span> <span m='57545'>military</span> <span m='57830'>service.</span> <span m='58220'>So I kind of</span> <span m='58590'>wondered</span> <span m='58770'>what I was</span> <span m='59110'>going to</span> <span m='59360'>do with my</span> <span m='59730'>life.</span> </p><p><span m='61070'>This was</span> <span m='61350'>around</span> <span m='62880'>2002,</span> <span m='63470'>2003,</span> <span m='64739'>and</span> <span m='65260'>the</span> <span m='65590'>Jayson</span> <span m='65890'>Blair</span> <span m='66190'>scandal</span> <span m='66490'>had</span> <span m='66790'>just</span> <span m='66920'>broken</span> <span m='67620'>at</span> <span m='69685'>the</span> <span m='70160'>New York</span> <span m='70500'>Times,</span> <span m='70940'>where</span> <span m='71230'>a</span> <span m='71720'>reporter</span> <span m='72085'>had</span> <span m='72450'>falsified</span> <span m='73030'>a</span> <span m='73080'>lot</span> <span m='73250'>of</span> <span m='73300'>stories</span> <span m='74205'>and</span> <span m='74490'>had</span> <span m='74600'>risen</span> <span m='74870'>quite</span> <span m='75100'>far</span> <span m='75940'>despite</span> <span m='76170'>the fact that</span> <span m='76610'>he</span> <span m='76920'>falsified</span> <span m='77230'>a bunch of</span> <span m='77470'>stories.</span> <span m='78405'>And</span> <span m='78730'>so</span> <span m='79770'>kind</span> <span m='79950'>of</span> <span m='79990'>on</span> <span m='80220'>a lark,</span> <span m='80480'>I read his</span> <span m='80740'>articles,</span> <span m='81060'>and</span> <span m='81260'>I thought,</span> <span m='81460'>well,</span> <span m='81540'>I</span> <span m='81800'>can</span> <span m='81870'>write</span> <span m='82000'>better than</span> <span m='82500'>this guy.</span> <span m='82740'>And I</span> <span m='83233'>could.</span> </p><p><span m='84220'>And I</span> <span m='84400'>went</span> <span m='84530'>to</span> <span m='84906'>school,</span> <span m='85660'>and</span> <span m='85950'>I</span> <span m='86010'>did</span> <span m='86190'>fairly</span> <span m='86480'>well,</span> <span m='86740'>but</span> <span m='87900'>when</span> <span m='87920'>it came</span> <span m='88190'>time</span> <span m='88530'>to</span> <span m='88690'>the end</span> <span m='88820'>of</span> <span m='90090'>my</span> <span m='90270'>educational</span> <span m='90800'>career,</span> <span m='91280'>I</span> <span m='91350'>decided</span> <span m='91960'>that</span> <span m='92440'>journalism</span> <span m='92680'>wasn't</span> <span m='92960'>for me.</span> <span m='93300'>I didn't</span> <span m='93640'>like</span> <span m='93850'>the way</span> <span m='94225'>the institute was</span> <span m='94600'>changing--</span> <span m='95064'>it was</span> <span m='95528'>extremely</span> <span m='95992'>competitive.</span> <span m='96920'>And</span> <span m='97384'>I</span> <span m='97848'>decided</span> <span m='98312'>to</span> <span m='100190'>look</span> <span m='100370'>at</span> <span m='100590'>civil service,</span> <span m='100980'>because</span> <span m='101370'>I</span> <span m='101760'>still</span> <span m='102115'>enjoyed</span> <span m='103698'>analyzing</span> <span m='104192'>data,</span> <span m='104686'>I still</span> <span m='105180'>enjoyed</span> <span m='105674'>interviews,</span> <span m='106170'>I still</span> <span m='106530'>enjoyed</span> <span m='106790'>writing</span> <span m='107255'>a</span> <span m='107720'>great</span> <span m='107940'>deal.</span> <span m='109270'>But</span> <span m='111176'>journalism</span> <span m='111552'>just</span> <span m='111930'>wasn't</span> <span m='112100'>for</span> <span m='112300'>me.</span> <span m='112990'>So</span> <span m='113430'>after</span> <span m='113860'>a</span> <span m='114130'>year</span> <span m='114480'>or</span> <span m='114580'>so</span> <span m='114870'>being spent</span> <span m='115180'>as a freelance</span> <span m='115850'>writer</span> <span m='117000'>for</span> <span m='117080'>various</span> <span m='117540'>publications,</span> <span m='118444'>I</span> <span m='119800'>got</span> <span m='119970'>my</span> <span m='120070'>job</span> <span m='121290'>working</span> <span m='121650'>as</span> <span m='121780'>an</span> <span m='121860'>analyst,</span> <span m='122380'>and</span> <span m='122440'>I</span> <span m='122810'>deeply</span> <span m='122970'>enjoy</span> <span m='123180'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='124192'>What</span> <span m='124598'>I wish</span> <span m='125004'>I knew</span> <span m='125410'>I</span> <span m='125500'>started</span> <span m='125830'>my</span> <span m='126040'>career?</span> <span m='127692'>I wish</span> <span m='128178'>I'd known</span> <span m='128664'>that</span> <span m='129150'>internships</span> <span m='130669'>are</span> <span m='131050'>not</span> <span m='131620'>really</span> <span m='132060'>what</span> <span m='132465'>you should do to</span> <span m='132870'>get</span> <span m='133165'>on</span> <span m='133460'>the</span> <span m='133520'>job</span> <span m='133760'>training.</span> <span m='134030'>It's</span> <span m='134405'>more</span> <span m='134780'>to know</span> <span m='135030'>people.</span> <span m='135900'>The</span> <span m='136310'>phrase,</span> <span m='137280'>it's</span> <span m='137640'>not</span> <span m='137830'>what</span> <span m='137990'>you</span> <span m='138100'>know,</span> <span m='138280'>but</span> <span m='138670'>who is</span> <span m='138800'>kind</span> <span m='138970'>of</span> <span m='139050'>trite,</span> <span m='139370'>but</span> <span m='139470'>it's</span> <span m='139610'>very</span> <span m='139820'>true.</span> </p><p><span m='141650'>Many</span> <span m='142280'>jobs</span> <span m='142675'>and many</span> <span m='143530'>places</span> <span m='143990'>will</span> <span m='144050'>give</span> <span m='144220'>you</span> <span m='144310'>on</span> <span m='144470'>the</span> <span m='144550'>job</span> <span m='144780'>training</span> <span m='146680'>and</span> <span m='147100'>you can</span> <span m='147280'>learn</span> <span m='147580'>a</span> <span m='147630'>lot</span> <span m='147840'>more</span> <span m='148070'>simply</span> <span m='148310'>by</span> <span m='148490'>keeping your</span> <span m='148820'>mind</span> <span m='149150'>open.</span> <span m='150040'>But</span> <span m='152600'>if</span> <span m='153070'>you</span> <span m='153470'>don't</span> <span m='153620'>get</span> <span m='153730'>the</span> <span m='153770'>job in the</span> <span m='154200'>first</span> <span m='154550'>place,</span> <span m='154700'>it's hard</span> <span m='155020'>to get</span> <span m='155140'>that</span> <span m='155320'>training.</span> <span m='156060'>And</span> <span m='156380'>really,</span> <span m='156660'>if you</span> <span m='156940'>talk</span> <span m='157210'>to</span> <span m='157290'>people</span> <span m='157550'>about</span> <span m='157870'>what your</span> <span m='158060'>interests</span> <span m='158355'>are</span> <span m='158650'>and what you</span> <span m='158870'>are</span> <span m='159155'>good at,</span> <span m='159440'>what you're</span> <span m='159880'>studying</span> <span m='160195'>in</span> <span m='160510'>school,</span> <span m='160820'>you will</span> <span m='161280'>find</span> <span m='161540'>a</span> <span m='161580'>place</span> <span m='161860'>for</span> <span m='162140'>yourself.</span> </p><p><span m='162615'>But</span> <span m='163090'>it's</span> <span m='163470'>all</span> <span m='163630'>about knowing the</span> <span m='163960'>right</span> <span m='164230'>people.</span> <span m='166490'>So</span> <span m='166660'>what</span> <span m='166790'>I</span> <span m='166830'>would</span> <span m='167040'>suggest to</span> <span m='167330'>people</span> <span m='167620'>who</span> <span m='167720'>start</span> <span m='168040'>their</span> <span m='168230'>career</span> <span m='168550'>is to</span> <span m='168870'>look at</span> <span m='169160'>internships.</span> <span m='169470'>Look</span> <span m='169780'>at</span> <span m='170265'>fellowships.</span> <span m='170750'>Look at</span> <span m='171720'>groups</span> <span m='172205'>of</span> <span m='172690'>people</span> <span m='173175'>who</span> <span m='173660'>have</span> <span m='174630'>an</span> <span m='174870'>interest</span> <span m='175170'>in</span> <span m='175470'>what</span> <span m='175770'>you want</span> <span m='176070'>to</span> <span m='176370'>do,</span> <span m='176670'>and</span> <span m='177270'>pursue</span> <span m='177570'>that.</span> 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