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Whether it's technology and data, or engineering and finance (not to mention the UK's booming creative industry), in this day and age, maths class can lead practically anywhere. From skills and knowledge, to specific job roles, we take a look at exactly where maths can take your child - mapping out the routes to get there. 
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What workplace skills does maths develop?

Data analysis: Data specialists work all over, including in the hospitality industry to identify consumer trends, or in medical research to find patterns in scientific data.

Presentation: Presenting complex information is useful in plenty of roles, from IT consultancy to teaching.

Statistical sampling: Statisticians could work in sports, collecting information on player performance, or as economists, exploring data on financial markets. 

And one you might not have thought of...

Determination: Engineers have to work out how to fix an issue with a mechanical design, while medical researchers might be trying to find a cure for a disease.

What jobs can you get with maths? 

Tax advisor: Apply for a degree in maths, accountancy or finance. Complete an HND in accountancy, business and finance. Then apply for a tax traineeship, or apprenticeship as an accountancy and taxation professional.

Meteorologist: Choose a degree in meteorology, maths, environmental sciences or geography.

Forensic computer analyst: Choose a degree in maths, cyber security, computer forensics or computer science. Apply for a higher apprenticeship as a cyber intrusion analyst. A less common route is to take a job as an IT technician and work up.
Apply for an apprenticeship... or go to university? 

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships for students who want to pursue a maths career include: actuarial technician, IS business analyst, assistant accountant, operations / departmental manager, paraplanner, professional economist, and unified communications technician.

University

Almost half (41.9%) of those who completed a maths degree in 2017 went into work as business, HR or finance professionals. The three most common roles were general business professionals, finance or investment analysts and advisors, and programmers and software developers. Graduates' skills include analytical skills, which are valuable in any industry. 

What did maths do for them?

"Software development relies on using logical maths, as well as frequent maths functions, so having an A-level in maths has really benefited me. I didn’t want to commit to four years at university and take on a large amount of debt. An apprenticeship was the perfect option for me."
—Georgina, software developer apprentice at IBM. Read the full interview here
"The problem-solving skills that are critical in maths have underpinned numerous aspects of my role. My university course has provided the fundamental skills required for working in technology, so paired with my project management knowledge, I have the technical knowledge to run a development squad and manage the team.
—Mikaela, technology graduate apprentice at Morgan Stanley. Read the full interview here.
"Having a good and strong understanding of numbers has allowed for me to be confident in my mathematical ability when sitting my additional accountancy exams, as well as day-to-day on my audit work at PwC." 
—Sonya, a senior associate at PwC. Read the full interview here.
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Success at School Team

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