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A. R.
Studied Bachelor of Science in Statistics
at University Of The Philippines Diliman , Quezon City
Graduated: 2009

About University Of The Philippines Diliman:
I’ve always wanted to study in UP, specifically UP Diliman. So when I’ve learned the UPCAT results are out and I passed, I was more than determined to make it the best years of my life so far. I never even doubted it for a second.

I took the BS Statistics in 2005-2009, I think a lot had improved in terms of facilities and physical atmosphere since then. In my time, all classrooms are airconditioned, the kind of airconditioning that chills you up your spine (for that I always bring a jacket) but leaves a stale feeling/smell.

The professors are not at all lenient; they would drive you to learn. Most of the professors always keep their classes challenging, ending the day with an assignment, or at the very least something to think about. The classroom atmosphere is relaxed; you don’t have to stand while participating in the discussion. What’s most important is the exchange of ideas, formalities is not really necessary.

The UP atmosphere, the term “Iskolar ng Bayan” is instilled in every student from the very start. And with that, a lot of responsibilities align to a UP student, one of which is to at least try to make a difference for the nation. And the UP atmosphere brings about that sense of responsibility. The people around, the places all boil into that tag, “you are here because of the people, at one point, you have to give back”.

About my college education:
To be honest, it wasn’t an easy pass. I took accounting and business administration courses, both of which have quotas. I got a DPWAS (Degree Program with Available Slot) but since I was all set in studying at UP, I took the slot and chose the course that is similar to one of my favorite subjects in school, mathematics.

I studied Bachelor of Science in Statistics. In my four years in UP, I can say that I have lived a full college life. Yes, there were difficult times: the adjustment period when I was a freshman took its toll on me for a while, but the people I get to interact with made it endurable.

Studying Statistics is both challenging and fun. It is a vast science, encompassing data and processes used in almost all industries. There are a large part of the curriculum (until 3rd year I think) which focuses on the theoretical part; how the laws of statistics are fundamentally applied in real life were packed in the fourth year, that made my last year unbearable.

There are a lot of interpersonal skills necessary as a statistician. Gathering data, analyzing them, presenting this to people in a way they can use it requires interpersonal and analytical skills, the love for numbers, enjoys problem-solving, hardworking and a lot of “lakas ng loob”. I wasn’t very extroverted when I entered college, but it’s a practice I’ve learned along the way. Don’t worry, the curriculum allows growth in a lot of skills, even outside statistical processes. The school and the university are made for you to grow; you don’t have to be pressured to have all these skills. One thing though I’m certain you would need is the love to learn. Instill that in you and you’re good.

My current job:
I work as an Actuarial Analyst in an insurance company. It is one of the many career opportunities as a statistician while also applicable for graduates of mathematics.
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Am I using what I learned in college:
There are a lot of disciplines required to practice actuarial science, just one of them is statistics. Only a small degree of what I studied in Stat do I use in my current job. More specifically, these are probabilities, statistical models and processes. If one can take my word for it, I would still suggest statistics as a course if one intends to be an actuary in the future.
Compared with graduates of mathematics, statisticians learn beforehand about data presentation, data handling and management, etc. The actuary field is very reliant on mathematical formulas and concepts but in my opinion, those can be learned over time. But the skills imparted in studying a statistics course are crucial and I think that’s the edge of statisticians.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I graduated April 26, 2009 and started work May 20 of that year, so less than a month.

Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Science in Statistics:
Actuarial science have professional exams one can take every season (at least twice a year) that can improve your professional career and employment status. That being said, I think it is solid proof of how challenging and growing the actuarial profession is.

Furthermore, when I look up actuary in the internet, I found out that it always frequents lists of jobs/careers with satisfying salary level and income opportunities. So it's a win-win. You can look it up for further proof.
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J. A.
Studied BS in Statistics
at University Of The Philippines Los Banos , Los Baños
Graduated: 2012

About University Of The Philippines Los Banos:
Studying in UP is a unique and memorable experience for any person. Here, you would meet a plethora of people of various sex, age, region, ethnicity, religion, and background, that you wouldn't even think of meeting in your lifetime. Yet even if each and everyone is diverse, you would still have that common perspective of trying to serve your country even through small acts. Since the facilities are not the best, UP students are subjected to being resourceful in what they have. The teaching force is a hodgepodge of brilliant minds that would really challenge the capacity of the student's brain. From demonic terror profs to angelic ones, you won't really get to experience the same unique learning experience that you would have in UP compared to other schools.

About my college education:
If I could sum up my education in one word, I won't and I can't. It was a mix of anything and everything. At times it was fun, and at some times it was devastating, but most of the time, it was a unique learning experience. For any UP student of any course, I think he/she might answer that studying in UP is one of the most memorable experience, ever. As a Statistics major, it's already a prerequisite that you should have at least a strong foundation in math and logic. It's an advantage if you have strong inter and intrapersonal skills, as well as good communication skills. However, the most important skill that Statisticians must obtain is dedication. You can't really succeed in this field if you won't love your chosen career path since there are only a few statisticians in the world due to its difficult nature.

My current job:
I am currently working as a Statistician for Level Up Games Inc.
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Am I using what I learned in college:
Everything that I've learned throughout my college life, I have implemented in my work space. From the technical skills required to the important life lessons and values, I have fully made the most out of it in my chosen career path. So I'm proud to say that anything you learn in UP is something that you can use in the future.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
It didn't take me a long time to search for a job after my graduation. Almost everyone in my course already has a job even before graduation. Actually, my adviser referred me to my first job.

Do I recommend studying BS in Statistics:
Statistics encompasses almost every field in the world yet only a few statisticians exists due the difficulty of its nature. You can be involved in economics, business, management, health, epidemiology, biology, agriculture, social work, public administration, computer science, and so on and so forth. UP makes it a point to train their students quite well in whatever field they choose so when they're in the real world, they know how to arm themselves to face life's challenges. I would recommend this course to anyone who has a passion to help improve the current status of our society in whatever aspect he/she chooses.
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C. B.
Studied BS Statistics
at University Of The Philippines Los Banos , Los Baños
Graduated: 1992

About University Of The Philippines Los Banos:
Professors are good, the best for most of them.
Atmosphere, it's nice conducive to learning.
Facilities (1992) it is also good... back then...

About my college education:
Definitely difficult and very challenging.
I enjoyed my minor subjects in management, but Stat no... I wanted to pass every Stat subjects.
You must really like Stat and Math and enjoy analysis, of course.
You should somehow know the importance of Statistics and its significance before you can appreciate the subject.

My current job:
Believe it or not I am a Statistician, even though I did not like Statistics that much during my college days...
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Am I using what I learned in college:
Definitely YES!
The concepts, analysis, the basic STAT more or less.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Being a Statistician - after almost 3 years.

Do I recommend studying BS Statistics:
Yes, very much! My course is very useful, especially now that Stat grads are in demand with the need for data and stats.
It's fulfilling, because I get to meet different people and go to different places.
It's a bit OK now, since the salary in govt had increased.
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Jimmy Bayrante
Studied BS in Statistics
at University Of The Philippines Los Banos , Los Baños
Graduated: 2002

About University Of The Philippines Los Banos:
The professors were average. The atmosphere was great while facilities needed improvement.

About my college education:
Interesting was the course itself and how it would apply in practical areas of life. Enjoyable was studying and taking examinations. Challenging was to completely finish the course. Primary skills to possess are discipline and balanced life.

My current job:
Senior Tester and Quality.
Not really related to BS in Statistics


Am I using what I learned in college:
Not in all aspects of professional and career industries.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
1 year after graduation

Do I recommend studying BS in Statistics:
Yes, but I would recommed more IT and Com Sci related courses.
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B. L.
Studied BS in Statistics
at University Of The Philippines Los Banos , Los Baños
Graduated: 2012

About University Of The Philippines Los Banos:
The professors are great and are really prestigious and cool. Our school is big enough for us. It actually has the biggest land area among all schools in the Philippines I think. Some facilities are old and some are really good for use.

About my college education:
The teaching in my school is interesting, difficult, challenging but at the same time fun. Deep analytical skills is needed in my course cause we the students will be analyzing data.

My current job:
Risk Analyst
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Am I using what I learned in college:
Yes, almost everything I have learned is applicable in my job.

Do I recommend studying BS in Statistics:
Yes.
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