Careers & Advising

Career Advising Services

The PARM program at UIUC is dedicated to facilitating the success of its students in all areas of development during their enrolment in the program. The PARM faculty and staff is available to assist the students in several areas of development:

  • Career Services and Career Development
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Areas of Concentration
  • Degree Requirements
  • Various Administration Requirements
  • Networking in the industry

There are also workshops available for students to them assist with resume development, interview preparation, networking and job searching, and development of communication skills and professionalism. The additional resources and support will be tailored to reflect both students who have continued their education after their undergraduate degree and students who have a professional background with industry experience who are returning to school to re-direct their careers towards the data science profession.

We will answer your questions either in person directly via email, or through a scheduled Zoom appointment for a more in-depth conversation when required. Face-to-face advising is available as well through our dedicated career advisor Paul Serafini.

One on One Advising – Paul Serafini

As a PARM student, you are encouraged to meet with your designated career advisor, Paul Serafini.  Paul has 25+ years of experience as an actuary and corporate leader in the insurance and HR Pension and Benefits consulting industries, including in an entrepreneurial capacity, with expertise in pricing and underwriting, corporate valuation and financial reporting, and capital and risk management  Additional areas of focus have been on project management, business development as well as client relationship management and stakeholder engagement. He has led teams and mentored direct reports and younger colleagues during his time in the financial services industry.

Paul has been working as the career advisor for graduate students in both the PARM and the MS Actuarial Science programs.  Paul values the strong relationships between UIUC, its alumni, and various corporate partners; Paul aims to leverage these relationships in building robust pipelines for career opportunities between students and employers.  To make an appointment with Paul, contact him at


Employers wishing to hire PARM students can receive assistance and access to through the University’s Illinois Career Center. Access the Career Center Recruiting Guide, HireIllini Recruitment Policies and listings of career fair opportunities.

The on-campus recruiting software Handshake connects students, employers and alumni to events, jobs and internships at the campus wide level. The system helps recruiters to:

  • View applicants’ resumes and cover letters
  • Search for candidates with profiles and/or resumes in the system
  • Edit your company profile and post jobs
  • Select candidates for interviews
  • View your interview schedules

Data Science is growing rapidly throughout the globe and many industries are embracing tis field as numerous organizations to solve complex problems that require various tools in predictive analytics. There isn’t any one industry that only provides opportunities for career advancement for graduates of this program. The knowledge and skills that are built from this program are marketable to any industry where data science and predictive analytics can help organizations solve complex business problems involving large, complex, and disparate data. These opportunities can span both private and public sector entities and can intersect globally. With advances in computing, AI, and technology, the demand for career professionals in this field is in high demand.

There are already many companies with strong brand recognition who have turned to data science to address these needs and are hiring candidates with skills in this field. While large organizations like Amazon and Walmart are more obvious examples, other  examples of companies filling roles in AI and predictive analytics include:

  • Starbucks
  • Burberry
  • McDonald’s
  • Spotify
  • The North Face

The applicability of predictive analytics has broad appeal. It is not specific to one industry or sector. Candidates in this field armed with a degree in predictive analytics and risk management will have numerous potential opportunities for employment anywhere an organization has identified the use of predictive analytics as essential to their ongoing success,