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Case Study: Thomas

Personal details
Degree:Maths Profile picture
School(s): School of Mathematics and Statistics
Year of Graduation:Jul-2010
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Sky Bet
Job title: Risk Analyst and Sports Trader
Occupational Sector: Risk Management
What has been your route to getting your current position?

A degree in a quantitative subject is a requirement for a graduate position within a betting company. Candidates should have a passion for sport in general, and an expert knowledge in at least one specific sport (mine was golf).

A good starting point is to register on the following recruitment sites, which give regular updates of opportunities within the industry. betting jobs; Hyperion Gaming; RP Jobs.

What does your job involve ?
If you love sport and like working with numbers then this is a great job and one you would certainly enjoy!

I have two parts to my job; the first is to analyze bets that have been placed and managing risk within a betting market. The second is to compile odds for various sporting events, and react in-play, constantly creating new prices depending upon the situation within a game.

It’s a fast paced working environment, but with a lot of responsibility; one mistake could cost the company thousands.

What are the best bits of your job ?

The job is never the same day-to-day, and I get to watch lots of sport!

Why were you successful?

I think it’s important to show that you are interested and passionate about what the job entails, and be able to get that across through your CV and interview.

I had a passion for sport, which was evident due to my heavy involvement in University Sport Club’s. I also had prior knowledge of betting markets and exchanges; for example, my final year honours talk was titled “The mathematics behind profitable bookmakers”.

What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?

A mathematics degree has given me a sound analytical approach to problems, and I’m certainly required to use this on a constantly within the job. I have also been set a project’s to produce algorithms, which can model different prices for a given betting market.

What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?

If you love sport, then you would love this job. It provides you with the opportunity to work independently and under a constant pressure to succeed. The hours however, are unpredictable and often unsociable in order to fit around sporting events.