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Here's what I've seen succeed from my experience. 0) Be comfortable with OR methods. I'm assuming this is a given for anyone who finds this stack exchange. 1) Know your markets. Some aspects of business need OR more than others. Operations management has had a lot in my experience (surprise). One buddy of mine took his clients from consulting and started ...


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First, I understand the question, and I personally think it is appropriate for this forum. Second, if they do offer you a job, there should be some discussion of compensation, duties and so on. That would be the time to explain to them that seemingly small, benign changes to an optimization model can have drastic effects on run time, possibly warranting a ...


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I'll answer this from an employer's perspective. Technical ability is a necessary but not sufficient condition - the skill I value the most in my employees is their ability to manage expectations. I am also very mindful of the fact that most people can't do this well at all. People higher up the chain have better oversight of what needs to be done, why, ...


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First of all, ensure you can explain previous projects you have done very detailed. If you recently graduated this could also be your master thesis or papers you wrote as part of your PhD. One of the best ways to test a candidate, in my opinion, is to do a case interview where we ask the candidate to solve an OR problem and go through the different steps. ...


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From what I could understand, here is my recommendation for you. Suppose I was on your place starting intern, then I would be setting up my few initial sessions with the manager or team lead to clear out the deliverables. For me, this includes: scoping out the problem, setting solution domain, listing out possible challenges in solving and finally the ...


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From my experience: 1/ Lookup where the students did their internships in the previous years. Contacting those companies might be a good option, as they might be willing to take an intern coming from your program if they were happy with the experience the previous year(s). 2/ Try to find companies working on product linked to Operations Research (companies ...


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On top of the websites you mentioned: Search on Google! If this is not what you are already doing, this should be on top of your list. Not all ads are on job sites. Check different companies websites. Some companies ads may not show up in the first pages of your search. So you can focus your search by having some companies in mind. For example, ask your ...


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I like Sean Kelly’s response. I’ll just add a few points to this. Over my career, I’ve worked in small to large firms, always close to OR. And, I’ve run into quite a few people who have been successful at being a freelance math modeler—either I worked with them, they brought me into projects, or I brought them into projects. Here are a few other ...


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As far as I can tell, industry demand for people who check the "OR" box (whether they are labeled as OR, industrial engineering or management science, or "analytics" with a clear ability to go beyond basic data-molesting) remains strong. As long as there are jobs, there will be majors, and as long as there are majors, there will be departments. (Occasional "...


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In my opinion, OR is definitely broadening in scope, but let me try to be a bit more concrete (N.B.: all of this is my opinion, and I hope others will add their views as well): OR is a relatively "old" field, with the classical problems (scheduling, traveling salesman problem etc) studied by many thousands of people. In addition, OR is a very applied field, ...


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As @Mark L. Stone said your professors, and particularly those you had a course or project could be a good source for the networking. Some websites like this link can be helpful, while I am not sure about those opportunities in Europe. Also, you can find some job (mostly) and internship position posting in the following resources: IEFac.list HigherEd Jobs ...


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I want to point out that since the company is a web development one, there are probably some computer engineering or computer science graduates in the workforce (perhaps, even in the top-level management). A common area between computer engineering/science with operations research is algorithms and the theory of complexity. Hence, while many computer ...


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I have a bit of perspective on this since I make decisions to hire people to do this kind of work, so I'll share how I think about this. In general, being an OR professional typically requires a PhD, ideally in something industrially relevant. This is by no means always the case, but the field is not yet at a level of user-friendliness that allows people who ...


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Disclaimer: I work as an optimization specialist in a large utility company in Denmark. Look for "Data Scientist", "Data Engineer", "Optimization specialist", "Operations Research Specialist" or other variations. Examples can be see here and here. However, the problem is that many businesses do not know about optimization and how it can benefit them even if ...


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The INFORMS Career Centre may be a good starting point https://careercenter.informs.org/jobs Good luck in your search!


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The Opt-Net mailing list contains lots of position announcements for faculty and industry, including positions in doctoral programs. I don't recall seeing any announcements for internships, but you could check the archive. Also, I'm not aware of any injunctions against asking about internships on it.


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First of all, if they want to offer you a job it is because they see value in what you are doing, well done! Since you are the only one with your background it is important that you see yourself as your own "project manager", which requires you to build additional skills besides the pure OR skills. Those skills will also be very valuable for you to create ...


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Regular announcements are posted on the website: www.roadef.org (see forum). Here is the link: http://www.roadef.org/forum-messages?forum_id=4&offset=0 Regards,


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Even if brainteasers are not sufficient to test the ability of candidates to be good OR engineers and scientists, they can be useful to test some specific hard or soft skills. For example, at LocalSolver, we use brainteasers to check if candidates love computer programming (assuming that loving means practicing) or if candidates are able to react positively ...


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If you are interested in PhD-level research jobs in Europe, you might regularly check EURAXES. In addition, mailing lists of different societies or groups are great for learning about new positions as well as upcoming CfPs, seminars, and workshops. One example is DMANET.


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Being just out of college and the only one in an organization with knowledge in a field is scary. Your bosses will not understand what is hard and what is easy about your job. The other posts about managing expectations are excellent in this regard. You will not get guidance from somebody experienced in the area, which is important to learn what is really ...


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If you are thinking about working in the UK, indeed.co.uk might be useful for preliminary searching. As you ask for PhD level jobs, this and this (both Operational Research Scientists) are good examples; a key requirement being "PhD in operations research, mathematics, ..." Good luck.


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