What do mathematicians do?


Careers in Mathematics

Erica Tyson University Liaison Officer, IMA [email protected]

Clement W. Jones Lecture

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What do mathematicians do?


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What kind of role?

What kind of organisation?

Sector, status, size ....

Don’t be put off by the job title

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Accountancy Banking Distribution Insurance Journalism Marketing Public relations Purchasing Sales Careers Open to All Graduates Administration IT Financial Mang’t Leisure/tourism Human Resources Retail Transport Social Work

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Careers Specific Options with Maths Further Study, Research, Teaching IT, Operational Research Gov Statistical, Security Services Engineering & Engineering Consultancy Management Consultancy Actuarial, Investment, Pensions, Financial modelling, Product pricing Meteorology Environment Patents Statistics – Pharma, Health, Data mining, Market Research

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Useful sites Career profiles/advice:


http://www.cse.salford.ac.uk/mathematics/taster day.php

Academic jobs:


Find a PhD:


Graduate positions:



Plus Careers Library:


Travels in a Mathematical World podcast:


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Useful sources

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Careers fairs Presentations Company web-sites, annual reports (text) Alumni People you know Social media – LinkedIn groups Careers service – resources for helping and checking CVs and applications, notices of vacancies and opportunities

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Skills of a Mathematician QAA Benchmark Statement for Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research (MSOR) graduates

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general study skills independent learning independent working pursuing problem solution to conclusion time-management and organisation

adaptability general IT skills

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transferring knowledge between contexts logical and analytical problem solving highly developed numeracy general communication skills

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What do employers think?

Employability Transferable skills Behaviours Competencies

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Building Your CV Strengths Interests Societies - Visits, Talks, Events, Committees Work experience, Volunteering, Education Outreach Team activities – participating reliably, organising Creative/Practical/Languages/Programming – keeping up skills, building, developing, adding new ones

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At Interview

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They want to hire you Talk to them, back up your application Know about them – web, annual report, share price/league table position Use their info, themes – show your experience/enthusiasm fits Specific concise examples. What, why, result, even better if.

Ask questions.

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Who are the IMA?

Professional Body and Learned Society for Mathematicians

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IMA Membership Recognition Development Participation Information

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Benefit of Membership and Participation Demonstrates you take your career and your development seriously and supports you in achieving your goals

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Get the best from work experience

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What skills can they give you/ do you plan to acquire ?

Clear objectives and Reviews

SMART Training/Coaching Work with experts/people who are good at what they do.

Opportunities to present, write reports/papers Ask questions, Seek feedback

Prof. Clement W. Jones CMath FIMA

Application takes time and effort Up to date CV - tailor to fit Strengths, Awards, Prizes Work or voluntary experience Team activities – sport/societies/social Creative/Practical/Languages Programming skills Follow the instructions, Use the opportunity Long text question – they want answers Double check for typos/mistakes

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Initial Professional Development The route to CMath CMathTeach or CSci Developing competence Achieving professional standing

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