Does it look bad if you're not going to graduate school right away after college and you don't have a job in the meantime? Do academia actually care about relevant job experience?
Let's say I want to go to graduate school for machine learning/deep learning to find/invent methods that can beat regression analysis and classical statistics and I'm working in biostats/pharmaceuticals where no one really uses machine learning/AI/classification,just look at Epidemiology programs, they don't study neural networks and understand the math behind it actually. Since it's not directly relevant to what I want to do in graduate school, does it help to have a job before going to graduate school since I didn't get in right after college?
I might be a bit biased against biostatisticians and pharma people but I seriously don't know any biostatistician who can invent neural networks, mess with real analysis theory, and backpropogation and gradients and do fancy matrix analysis manipulations or win kaggle competitions with ensemble models to classify things.
Financially having a job is nice. but to a certain extent getting paid doesn't feel worth the tedious work I have to do. So in some way I don't want a job if I don't need it. But I agree it's bad and uncommon that. a college graduate doesn't have a job. Maybe I should have majored in something else?