Employers will consider problem solving, thinking logically and high level quantitative and numerical skills as obvious acquisitions on a maths degree. There may be specific knowledge attached to the particular degree such as statistical methods, applied mathematics and actuarial technical skills. See our skills section at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sk/skillsmenu.htm
See the example mathematics CV at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/mathematics-cv.htm
For more general help with applications and interviews see our applications and interviews pages
DESTINATIONS OF KENT MATHEMATICS GRADUATES
(includes financial maths and maths + accounting/stats/computing. UK/EU students only).
These statistics only cover the first six months after graduation. The latest destinations for all subjects (1999-last year) including postgraduates can be found at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/fdrbases/destinations.htm
Destinations of recent Kent Mathematics graduates, including business, financial maths and statistics.
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Destinations of Kent MSc Statistics graduates
Maths graduates have fared well in the graduate labour market in the last few years. Both numerical and non-numerical jobs are open to them, so the choice of careers is wide.
The tables show that many Kent graduates have decided to 'use' the numerical side of their studies, either in financial jobs, engineering or statistical areas. A small number have chosen to continue their studies, while the trend amongst Actuarial students has been to aim for the financial sector. The computing industry also attracts some maths graduates, especially if they have a personal interest in computers and programming.
- University of Kent Vacancy Database www.kent.ac.uk/careers/jobs/index.htm
- Maths-jobs www.maths-jobs.co.uk includes maths jobs in banking, insurance, finance, statistics, biology, medicine, bioinformatics, data mining, marketing, computing and OR.
- Council for Mathematical Sciences. Maths Careers www.mathscareers.org.uk links to career profiles and further study.
- Institute of Mathematics www.ima.org.uk Now has a Facebook group www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7633226353 where you can ask questions of “real mathematicians” about their careers and what they do.
- Plus Magazine http://plus.maths.org/interview.html "Careers with Maths".
- London Mathematics Society www.lms.ac.uk/content/careers academic job vacancies.
- American Mathematical Society www.ams.org/careers has a maths careers section.
About 20% of maths graduates from the University of Kent have opted to do postgraduate study for a PhD or Masters degree in recent years. This is partly because grants are more easily available in the Sciences for postgraduate study than in the Arts or Social Sciences. It should be remembered though that postgraduate study is not an easy option and research for a PhD will require dedication and determination to see things through over a period of 3 or more years. See our section on Postgraduate Study www.kent.ac.uk/careers/postgrad.htm
A Postgraduate Certificate of Education Course (PGCE) lasts one year. It's not that difficult to obtain a place on a maths PGCE provided that you can show some evidence of interest in teaching such as voluntary work at a school. Remember that you can also teach maths in Colleges of Further Education, private schools and the Armed Forces. There is a shortage of science teachers, who are eligible for an enhanced bursary during training. See www.kent.ac.uk/careers/siteach.htm
Analyses and interprets data. Collects information, analyses it using statistical methods and computer programs such as SPSS. Interprets data for clients and users. Writes reports.
Statistician Fast Stream
The Government Statistical Service (GSS) has an exceptional number of posts for Statistician Fast Streamers in 2013. Posts are available in central London and a variety of other locations across the UK.
What is the GSS?
The Government Statistical Service (GSS) is a decentralised professional community spread across most UK government departments and devolved administrations. Headed by the National Statistician, the GSS produces National Statistics and other official statistics, analysis, interpretation and provides statistical advice to improve understanding and help decision-making at the very highest levels.
What impact does the GSS have?
Population, the economy, the environment, the labour market, crime, education and health are just some of the many topics covered by our Fast Stream Statisticians. The statistics we produce are reported daily throughout the media and provide the evidence needed to make informed decisions across a wide range of political, social and economic issues.
Candidates must be highly numerate with exceptional team-working, problem solving and organisational skills, with the ability to become future leaders of the Civil Service. Candidates who have (or are expecting) a minimum of a 2:1 degree in a subject containing formal statistical training (eg Statistics, Maths, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Sciences, Geography) are invited to apply.
Statistician Fast Streamers take part in a structured learning and development process and will be stretched and supported in a variety of posts, often across different government departments to help them develop the core and statistical skills to enable them to fulfil their potential.
Further details: www.statistics.gov.uk/gssjobs
Destinations of Kent Statistics Postgraduates are at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/fdrbases/mscstats.htm
I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. People think I'm joking, but who would've guessed that computer engineers would've been the sexy job of the 1990s?
Hal Varian, Google Chief Economist 2009Statistics are like a drunk with a lampost: used more for support than illumination.
Winston ChurchillStatistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.
Aaron LevensteinIn ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies.
- Royal Statistical Society www.rss.org.uk has a careers section
- Government Statistical Service www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/national-statistician/government-statistical-service/gss-recruitment/index.html Recruitment is at 3 levels - Fast Stream Assistant Statisticians, Statistical Officers, and Temporary Statistical Officers.
- Office for National Statistics www.ons.gov.uk/ons/jobs/index.html
- Health Service Journal www.hsj.co.uk
- Institute of Risk Management www.theirm.org
- Institute of Arable Crops Research www.rothamsted.ac.uk Part of the BBSRC - employs biometrists
- Man Investments www.maninvestments.com hedge fund management company. Recruits BSc/MSc/PhD maths and stats. graduates into research and investment operations
- The Supply Curve www.thesupplycurve.com job board dedicated exclusively to employment opportunities for Economists, Statisticians and Econometricians
- AllStats http://www.allstats.co.uk/html/jobs_in_statistics.html Jobs in statistics
Please go to our new page on this at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin/operationalresearch.htm
- GCHQ www.gchq.gov.uk Government Communications Headquarters - national intelligence and security
- HM Government Communications Centre www.hmgcc.gov.uk near Milton Keynes
- QinetiQ www.qinetiq.com formerly the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (an agency of the Ministry of Defence)
- Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) part of the Ministry of Defence. Farnborough, Porton Down near Salisbury, Portsdown West near Portsmouth and Sevenoaks, Kent (explosives/weapons technology) www.dstl.gov.uk/pages/150
- Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG ) www.desg.mod.uk part of the Ministry of Defence.
- BAe Systems www.baesystems.com/careers/index.htm global aerospace and defence
- AWE www.awe.co.uk (Atomic Weapons Establishment)
- Roke Manor Research www.roke.co.uk Research Laboratory of Siemens specialising in communications
- AEA Technology www.aeat.co.uk does contract research covering many areas.
- The Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/jobs
- Defence Jobs www.defencejobs.com
- Go Defence Jobs www.go-defencejobs.co.uk
- Tessella www.tessella.co.uk developer of Scientific Software.
- Logica www.logica.co.uk recruits science and maths graduates into computer consultancy.
- IBM www.ibm.com/uk
has become another popular option. Finance employers in areas such as banking and insurance are attracted to maths graduates because of their numeracy. There are many traineeships available for new graduates in chartered accountancy, and banking, sometimes working as financial analysts. See our banking insurance and actuarial links at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sitebank.htm and accountancy links at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sitesacc.htm
see our actuarial careers page www.kent.ac.uk/careers/actuarial.htm
Quants apply mathematical and computing methods of analysis to financial problems (quant is an abbreviation of quantative). They develop algorithms to predict what the financial markets will do but also work in statistical arbitrage, and electronic market making. They work for hedge funds and banks and work as hedge fund managers, derivatives traders and risk managers. Many entrants have PhDs in mathematics, physics or computing and the work is very highly paid.
- For more information see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantitative_analyst
- BBC News Article Quant trading: How mathematicians rule the markets www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14631547
- For vacancies see www.quantfinancejobs.com
Once you have read this, visit the Careers Centre (in Keynes Driveway). You can browse in there as you would a library and ask at the helpdesk if you need help.
Bruce Woodcock - Careers Adviser for Mathematics and Actuarial Science
Once upon a time (1/t), pretty little Polly Nomial was strolling across a field of vectors when she came to the edge of a singularly large matrix.
Now Polly was convergent and her mother had made it an absolute condition that she must never enter such an array without her brackets on. Polly, however, who had changed her variables that morning and was feeling particularly badly behaved, ignored this condition on the grounds that it was insufficient and made her way in amongst the complex elements.
Rows and columns enveloped her on all sides. Tangents approached her surface. She became tensor and tensor. Quite suddenly, three branches of a hyperbola touched her at a single point. She oscillated violently, lost all sense of directrix and went completely divergent. As she reached a turning point she tripped over a square root which was protruding from the erf and plunged headlong down a steep gradient. When she was differentiated once more she found herself, apparently alone, in a non-euclidean space.
She was being watched, however. That smooth operator, Curly Pi, was lurking inner product. As his eyes devoured her curvilinear coordinates, a singular expression crossed his face. Was she still convergent, he wondered. He decided to integrate improperly at once.
Hearing a vulgar function behind her, Polly turned round and saw Curly Pi approaching with his power series extrapolated. She could see at once, by his degenerate conic and his dissipative terms, that he was bent on no good.
"Eureka" she gasped.
"Ho, ho," he said. "What a symmetric little Polynomial you are. I can see you're bubbling over with secs".
"O Sir," she protested, "keep away from me. I haven't got my brackets on."
"Calm yourself, my dear," said our suave operator, "your fears are purely imaginary "
"i, i," she thought, "perhaps he's homogenous then?".
"What order are you," the brute demanded.
"Seventeen," replied Polly.
Curly leered. "I suppose you've never been operated on yet?" he asked.
"Of course not", Polly cried indignantly. "I'm absolutely convergent."
"Come, come," said Curly. "Let's off to a decimal place I know and I'll take you to the limit."
"Never," gasped Polly.
"Exchlf," he swore, using the vilest oath he knew. His patience was gone. Coshing her over the coefficient with a log until she was powerless, Curly removed her discontinuities. He stared at her significant places and began to smooth her points of inflexion. Poor Polly. All was up. She felt his hand tending to her asymptotic limit. Her convergence would soon be gone forever.
There was no mercy, for Curly was a heavyside operator. He integrated by parts. He integrated by partial fractions. The complex beast even went all the way around and did a contour integration. What an indignity. To be multiply connected on her first integration. Curly went on operating until he was absolutely and completely orthogonal.
When Polly got home that evening, her mother noticed that she had been truncated in several places. But it was too late to differentiate now. As the months went by, Polly increased monotonically. Finally she generated a small but pathological function which left surds all over the place until she was driven to distraction.
The moral of this sad story is this: If you want to keep your expressions convergent, never allow them a single degree of freedom.
In George H. Scherr, ed. The Best of The Journal of Irreproducible Results, p.147. Workman Publishing, 1983
Last fully updated 2012