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How can I deal with non-operations research managers?

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 ...
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How can I deal with non-operations research managers?

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 ...
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How can I do the jump from academia to industry?

Just apply for any job you find interesting and you think you can do well. The trick lies in convincing the people hiring that you are great value for money. Although this might seem obvious, my ...
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What are the most-used technical skills in OR?

Your examples of "technical skills" are centered on optimization. An understanding of at least some aspects of probability models (especially Markov chains and queues) may be important, depending on ...
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What are the most-used technical skills in OR?

I think domain knowledge is essential if you want to be a good OR practitioner. If you don't know how a supply chain works, designing an optimization model for planning and coordinating a complex ...
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How can I deal with non-operations research managers?

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 ...
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How to find an internship in OR/Optimization?

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....
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How to find an internship in OR/Optimization?

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 ...
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How to improve the quality of code in OR?

Unfortunately writing high quality OR code is beyond the reach of most academic settings. This is mainly because: Writing high quality code is very time consuming. The scope of OR code is much better ...
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Is it possible to switch between industry and academe?

If by "research" you mean "academe", then yes, people have switched in both directions. I can't name anybody you would necessarily know. A bit of advise I got (from an academic) ...
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How can I do the jump from academia to industry?

This answers is based on experience from computer science in Germany. Different fields and cultures might differ. However, I think that the core message of my answer is still somewhat applicable in ...
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How to improve the quality of code in OR?

Disclaimer: I have worked for 3 years as an optimization software developer at a utility company and now work for Gurobi. Is the expectation for entry level positions, that the applicant is able to ...
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How can I do the jump from academia to industry?

I was on the job market a very long time ago, so this information may be past its use-by date. When I interviewed at an industrial lab, I was told that they treated a successfully completed PhD as the ...
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How can I deal with non-operations research managers?

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 ...
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How to find an internship in OR/Optimization?

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 ...
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What are the most-used technical skills in OR?

As you said "especially in industry" and if you have a background in IE/MS/Math and to confirm @prubin and @Ehsan, you should know: Each industry has specific factories/organizations which have ...
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How to find advice for OR career?

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, ...
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How to get paid for operations research skills?

For me, the three necessary ingredients to get (O.R.) consulting work usually are: The potential client has to Know me Like me (personally, as well as being confident I will do a good job) Have money ...
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How to improve the quality of code in OR?

I can really only answer one point: b) Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship I think the examples in the book are even for Java, but it is applicable for other languages as well. (...
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How can I deal with non-operations research managers?

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 ...
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How to find an internship in OR/Optimization?

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 ...
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How to find an internship in OR/Optimization?

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
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What are the most-used technical skills in OR?

Being able to elicit a "necessary and sufficient" statement of the "Problem". Being able to structure the "Problem" so as to know whether the proposed Problem Solution is good fit for OR-based ...
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Is it possible to switch between industry and academe?

Becoming a career academic (or a career anything for that matter) is a long process that requires focus, persistence, luck, and a plan. I have witnessed many disaster stories, so I will attempt to ...
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How can I do the jump from academia to industry?

It depends of course on what kind of job you are looking for, but the reason for companies looking for experience is just because then want to see a kind of track record. When we look for new people ...
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How can I do the jump from academia to industry?

I recently got a job as a junior software developer, coming from a biology post-doc. I think what got me the job were my personal programming projects, that clearly showed I was interested, and had ...
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How can I do the jump from academia to industry?

For new comers from IT / Computer and Engineering fields, their first job / internship depends upon their final year project / research thesis. So write the details of your final project on the first ...
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How can I deal with non-operations research managers?

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 ...
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How to distinguish between the different roles / titles in industry?

I see no difference between these titles and it's becoming increasingly risky to assume anything based on someone's job title. I've met plenty of "managers" where the only thing they manage ...
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Seeking Career Advice for Developing Operations Research Knowledge Without Formal Academic Background

There are several good courses in Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/courses?query=operations%20research. MIT OCW is another very good option: https://ocw.mit.edu/search/?d=Mathematics&d=Sloan%...
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