This is not a math question per se, but I think that it is relevant to a number of people. I am currently in the process of applying to graduate school, but not feeling super confident that I will get in. In the case I do not, I plan to get a job and try again next year. The job is something that requires problem solving and a little math, but not at the level that would be required of a PhD program.
My question then is what sorts of things can I do to stay competitive in my time off if I do not get in? The things I do now are (besides actual classes)
- Project Euler (when I have time)
- Perusing this site way too much
- I have recently begun reading papers of the faculty at the schools to which I am applying
What more can I do to make sure I don't lose that insight and "sophistication" while working at a full time job that may not be entirely relevant to my career goals?