These days it seems like everywhere you apply one of the requirements is having "strong" and sometimes "extensive" "computational skills". Well I already started a masters in applied math (after my PhD in experimental physics = zero computational skills). Before starting the masters it seemed like I was simply wasting time year after year and distancing myself away from research (being a part time instructor making less money than a graduate student with no promising future year after year :[) I learned few lessons from this: 1. publish publish publish and publish even more! 2. make as many connections as possible and go to every conference you can! My question is: will a masters in applied mathematics (in modeling and computing) help in the postdoc application (of course in addition to publishing and having connections)? Any suggestions on what I should do while in the masters program to enhance my prospects? I appreciate any input.