Hey everyone, long time lurker here. I’ve recently taken the deep dive into environmental issues and am struggling on what to do next. But first off, here’s where I’m at now: I’ll be graduating in December with a degree in mathematics (concentration in actuarial science), a minor in computer science, and a minor in economics. With this degree I have a strong statistics background, am very comfortable with math, and have taken courses and am comfortable with sql and r, which, after doing research both on the sub and through other resources, I’ve gathered is extremely useful in this field. I’ve also been doing an actuarial internship that will go until I graduate. Through scholarships and work I’ll be getting out of school debt free, so that puts me in a really good position financially. So that gets me to where I’m at today. I originally thought that I would pursue data science or stay in academia for mathematics, as I found actuarial to be extremely dull and that the exam process was not worth my life, but after finding out how bad of a state the world really is in, I can’t help but feel like I need to do something. I’ve always loved nature and being outside, and have always found the logistics of nature to be incredibly interesting as well, which is what brought me here. After reading more about ecology, I feel that this a potential path I’d like to take. I took a physical anthropology course as one of my gen eds, and it turned out to be one of my favorite courses I’ve taken. I guess what I’m asking is if I decide to take this path (which is likely), what are the next steps? Is this degree enough to try and pursue a masters, or will I need additional schooling, potentially another bachelors? What should I do now to prepare? In general, what advice would you give me? Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated and helpful.
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