Hello, I am afraid this thread is a bit cheeky: I am not a statistician and have never had job working with data, but I am a mature student, studying a part-time undergraduate in mathematics and statistics and I would like to work as a statistician. If any members would like to share their experiences of anything related to this subject I would be tremendously grateful. I mean anything from course content or academic skills you found most useful in the workplace; the working conditions; what jobs one can do whilst studying to improve chances of getting a statistician's job upon graduation; if one is already taking the full catalogue of statistics courses, what mathematics courses are most relevant etc. [I have done lots of research from various sources on the web so this is not a lazy attempt to get information without looking, but I thought it would be a good addition to the carefully constructed stuff on career, company and professional-body websites.] For my part, I have zero interest in finance, and the idea of marketing or business is quite dull to me, but less so than finance. What does appeal is the idea of medical statistics (trials, epidemiology), being involved in the discovery of new knowledge for worthwhile causes. Operational research sounds very varied. Actuary is out (for me) as I am in the UK and have bad A-levels. But please include anything relevant as hopefully this will be a thread for all budding statisticians. Many thanks in advance to anyone who contributes.