A degree in Mathematics will prepare you for career options where specialist numerical skills and logical and analytical thought are in high demand. These include working for companies such as Rolls Royce and organisations such as the Meteorological Office, but career paths in accountancy and banking, financial management, data analysis, information technology, research and lecturing are also open to you. In a 2016 survey, 93% of UK/ EU undergraduates from the Department of Mathematics who graduated in 2016 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2016)
Aled Wyn Thomas - BSc Mathematics
PricewaterhouseCoopersI graduated from Aberystwyth University in July 2013 having obtained a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics. One of the main reasons I chose to study Mathematics was the fact that having such a versatile degree enables you to pursue a number of different careers, such as engineering, teaching or working in finance. One key benefit of the Mathematics degree at Aberystwyth was the fact that one of the first year modules involved creating a CV and covering letter for a prospective job application. At the time, we had not even finished our first year and so had not thought about such issues, but this proved to be invaluable because once we reached our third year, the necessary foundations had been put in place for us to successfully apply for jobs. I am certain that this is one of the reasons why I was offered a place by the professional services firm, PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) on their assurance graduate scheme. Mathematics is a challenging, but highly rewarding degree where initially impossible problems can be solved through logical thinking. The lecturers at the Department provide excellent tuition and an open door for all students with any queries. They manage to strike a perfect balance between assistance and development, where they encourage students to think about problems in a logical and rational manner, before offering further assistance, if required. This has served me well in the workplace where Mathematics graduates can differentiate themselves from others through their ability to be logical in their thought processes, enabling problems to be solved in an efficient manner. I cannot thank the Department enough for all their support throughout the three years – I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!
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Studying for a degree in Mathematics will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:
• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• a thorough grounding in information technology skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• presentation skills: the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
Year in Employment Scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. There are more details in this YES careers presentation. The University’s Careers Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.