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SENIOR ANALYST: Networking Through Your Company

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This senior analyst for CDB spends his typical day going to meetings and developing products with his team. He studied communications and media studies in university and has since worked in a computer shop, at an IT department and at a printing company. The moral of the story - he tells us that your college degree doesn't dictate the type of job that you can do.

Degree: Communication and Media Studies
Job Title: Senior Analyst
Employer: CDB

Job Summary: Operations Research Analysts

Job Description

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

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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
$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='36850'>previous</span> <span m='37125'>job</span> <span m='37400'>though,</span> <span m='37750'>working</span> <span m='38160'>at a</span> <span m='38653'>computer</span> <span m='39146'>shop</span> <span m='39640'>that I</span> <span m='39970'>started at</span> <span m='40030'>during</span> <span m='40180'>the</span> <span m='40520'>summer.</span> <span m='41617'>I just asked</span> <span m='42104'>if they'd</span> <span m='42591'>hire me</span> <span m='43078'>as an</span> <span m='43565'>apprentice.</span> <span m='46000'>Then</span> <span m='46420'>at</span> <span m='46730'>Chapel</span> <span m='46995'>Hill,</span> <span m='47260'>I</span> <span m='47320'>worked</span> <span m='47580'>in</span> <span m='47690'>our</span> <span m='47840'>IT</span> <span m='48130'>department,</span> <span m='48940'>and then</span> <span m='49960'>took a</span> <span m='50060'>rotational-based</span> <span m='51110'>job</span> <span m='51526'>at a</span> <span m='52358'>printing</span> <span m='52774'>company</span> <span m='53190'>in Maryland</span> <span m='53960'>college.</span> <span m='54405'>after</span> <span m='54850'>college</span> </p><p><span m='56185'>What I wish</span> <span m='56630'>I knew</span> <span m='57100'>when</span> <span m='57320'>I</span> <span m='57450'>started</span> <span m='57860'>my</span> <span m='58160'>career.</span> <span m='70660'>Your</span> <span m='71160'>college</span> <span m='71680'>degree</span> <span m='72030'>doesn't</span> <span m='72330'>really</span> <span m='72590'>dictate</span> <span m='73540'>the</span> <span m='73800'>type of</span> <span m='74110'>job</span> <span m='74440'>that you</span> <span m='74500'>can do.</span> <span m='74950'>As long</span> <span m='75400'>as you're</span> <span m='75850'>smart,</span> <span m='76200'>you can</span> <span m='76460'>figure</span> <span m='76760'>out</span> <span m='77040'>how to</span> <span m='77330'>talk</span> <span m='77430'>to</span> <span m='77630'>people</span> <span m='77915'>and</span> <span m='78200'>where</span> <span m='78340'>to get</span> <span m='78680'>resources.</span> <span m='79370'>It's</span> <span m='79670'>not</span> <span m='79980'>really</span> <span m='80220'>about</span> <span m='80560'>your</span> <span m='81047'>formal</span> <span m='82021'>education</span> <span m='82508'>so much as it</span> <span m='82995'>is about</span> <span m='84943'>networking</span> <span m='85430'>and</span> <span m='85920'>figuring</span> <span m='86330'>out</span> <span m='86440'>how</span> <span m='86650'>your company's</span> <span m='87530'>connected</span> <span m='87670'>to</span> <span m='87770'>other people</span> <span m='88913'>and</span> <span m='89306'>how</span> <span m='89700'>you're</span> <span m='89930'>connected</span> <span m='90130'>to</span> <span m='90290'>other</span> <span m='90500'>people</span> <span m='90820'>inside</span> <span m='91120'>of the</span> <span m='91420'>company.</span> 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