Just before graduation, they told us: “You will probably not use anything from your classes. We taught you how to solve problems.”

My Mathematics major is nearly worthless, as a mathematician, without a masters or PhD. I became a software developer when there were no classes for that.

My first job was to write an app using a class that I did not take, a computer that I had never seen, and a programming language that I had never heard of. I had to spend a day at the library reading a math book before I accepted the job. It solved 40 equations with 90 unknowns and increased the company’s share of the market by 20 percent. I was lucky to find that job.

In my last job, which I got at age 65, I also applied knowledge from school. I described what I did to someone in the lobby. He said “My god. They have a mathematician on the programming staff!”

In between, I almost never used anything accept simple algebra and that was rare.

About real life, you are absolutely correct. Even a class or two before the on-the-job training after graduation would have helped.

I really didn’t get straightened out until I met my wife in my 50’s. She has more sense than anybody I ever met. I was really lucky to find her.

Thanks for highlighting a big problem. A one-hour “Real World” class should be required in the freshman and senior years. Of course, the students have to pay attention.

William “Bill” Myers, Analyzes all, Programmer, retired. If you learn anything new, find enjoyment, have a new thought, then I’m successful. Photo: 1st article

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