Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 09:20:43 -0500
Reply-To: Mary <mlhoward@AVALON.NET>
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From: Mary <mlhoward@AVALON.NET>
Subject: Re: How would you advertise your career to a bunch of ten-year
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Kids love dogs, so how about giving them a dog example?
For instance, say we want to determine whether a dog will get hip displasia
(disease). We could think of some variables that might predict this, such
1. Overweight as a puppy
2. Chicken dog food versus Salmon dog food
3. Regular exercise
4. Lives in a kennel versus lives in the house
5. Parents OFA certified
And then you could talk about gathering information from owners of older
dogs- owners of some dogs who have hip displasia and some who don't
(controls), then ask about their history. You could talk a bit about
complications of this, for instance, if a dog dies in a car accident at two
years old, then he doesn't get hip displasia at 10 years old, but that is
not necessarily a good thing and how would you account for it?
Advantages of job-
a. if you are curious, it is great, because you get to find out things,
probably long before anyone else knows about it!
b. You get to problem solve.
c. You usually get to work independently
d. You can use logic skills
Disadvantages of job-
a. If you like to talk a lot, it might not be for you, since it usually
involves sitting by yourself for many hours each day.
b. You have to be good at logic/math/problem solving, and if you are not,
it might not be for you.
c. You have to constantly keep up with new developments to stay employed-
computer fields change all the time, and you have to keep renewing your
education and training.
d. It might involve new jobs or projects every 2-3 years, which is
sometimes hard to adjust to.
Curious person, lifelong learner
Ability to sit still and concentrate
Not overly social-entertainer type of personality
Math, especially probability (ability to think about sets and subsets)
Reading- ability to read technical documentation to learn new things
Writing- ability to write clearly in good English (This helps in getting
your questions answered on SAS-L!)
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> 04/22/2009 02:19
> Please respond to
> Stefan Osborne
> Hello SAS-L:
> Could you please help me? I will be speaking about being a SAS
> Programmer/Statistician to three groups of 4th-5th graders, about 25 kids
> in each group, during "Career Day" at elementary school. I have ideas
> to say, but kind input from SAS gurus with different job titles would make
> it so much better, and also more representative of our community they
> enter some day.
> Some possible student questions (from a list):
> What are some advantages of your job?
> What is fun about your job?
> What character traits are important for this career?
> Are there certain subjects that students must do well in if they want to
> work in this field?
> Thank you!
> Anastasiya Osborne.
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