Jan. 12 Colloquium on private sector careers for physicists

Keith Matera

Keith Matera

Sam Zeller

Sam Zeller

Are you thinking about the next steps in your career and a possible job in the private sector? While physicists wield a wide suite of talents that many private sector companies are looking for, the transition away from academia can be a daunting and challenging one. To help demystify this, Fermilab will host a special colloquium on Thursday, Jan. 12, titled “Data Science at Allstate: Research Beyond the Laboratory” at 4 p.m. in Wilson Hall One West. All are welcome to attend.

Allstate, the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, has a long tradition of using data and analytics to inform business decisions. With more than 200 data scientists and data engineers working in five locations across the United States and Europe, the company’s Quantitative Research and Analytics Department uses unstructured and “big data” to solve complex problems for the business. A significant portion of Allstate’s data scientists come from an academic or laboratory background and have advanced degrees in physics, math, statistics and other sciences.

At the colloquium, a panel of data scientists from Allstate will share what they do as part of their job and what the transition from academia to the private sector was like for them. They’ll discuss how the skill sets and experiences they developed transferred to working in data science and analytics at Allstate. They’ll also answer questions from the audience and share some of their interview and resume tips. For example, what are the top five mistakes physicists make in applying for private sector jobs?

The Allstate team will also be available at the Users Center after the talk for those who have additional questions or who wish to meet the team.

Please visit the Fermilab Colloquium website for more details.


Fermilab scientists Keith Matera and Sam Zeller are the organizers of this Colloquium talk.