NLP and Machine Learning @ Talla
Great question. Math has a lot of interesting applications and it is definitely worth exploring them to find what inspires you. A few pieces of advice:
- Ignore the personality and career aptitude test advice in Ken's advice. There is strong evidence that those tests actually do more harm than good (usually discouraging women and minorities from pursuing science, math, engineering and technology). Be curious and take the classes which offer great learning opportunities.
- The business side of math can mean many things. It can be finance, accounting, finance, data science, marketing metrics, supply chain logistics, etc. Take some time and do research into how math can be used in business. A couple of useful questions to help guide your research: are interested in strategy (checkout business consulting case studies like https://www.bcg.com/Interactives/ICL/), are you interested in used math to understand and predict customer behavior (check out sales and marketing), are you interested in business finances (checkout accounting and finance), are you interested in how business scale and grow (check out supply chain and logistics).
- If you are already in college, talk to your advisor to get suggestions good classes to take. If your college has a business school or business program, take a look at the course offerings and see if there is anything interesting. If you are unsure where to start, intro to business or intro innovation is a great starting place, as you'll learn more about the field in general.
- If you are still in high school, talk to your guidance counselor and see if there any opportunities for co-ops/internships with local business. Additionally, you may to also explore taking classes a local community college / college (if there are any nearby). My senior year of high school, I ran out of math classes to take and was able to enroll in a local college's Calc II course. My school would bus me out to take classes. So talk to your guidance counselor and see if there any opportunities.
- Finally, best to learn is by doing. Looking for internship opportunities and try to find internships that match the area of business you want to learn more about.
Best of luck!