We just completed sign-ups for OpenBI’s Fall college recruiting. This year, we’ll be interviewing at two large state universities and two smaller private ones. Even though the confirmed dates aren’t until October, we scheduled in advance to assure optimal times. Too early and the best candidates are unwilling to commit; too late and they could well be down the path with other opportunities.

My partners and I “debate” each year what are the “best” majors for our data science and BI consulting business. Not surprisingly, the computer science partner thinks CS is best, the information systems partner prefers his major, which is often housed in business schools, and the engineering guy likes industrial and electrical engineers. A stats major, I prefer applied math/stats/econ/OR. We all agree that whatever the major, a quantitative orientation with strong programming, database and communication skills is essential.

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