Popular career areas for Maths and Stats students:
A degree from Scotland's first university is an excellent start to any future career. St Andrews has a reputation for excellence and the ability to attract the brightest students world wide. With this as a starting point you are well on the way to impressing future employers.
As a mathematics/statistics graduate you acquire and develop a range of skills, both specific and general throughout your degree. Your highly developed numerical skills will allow you to be able to use numerical concepts and arguments throughout your work.
You will develop an analytical approach and be able to apply logical reasoning to problem solving. You will be highly adaptable, being able to address new problems in new contexts and transferring knowledge from one problem to another.
You also develop more general transferable skills including:
Mathematics is involved in more fields than you may have thought possible and there are many options to consider when choosing a career. Applied mathematicians and statisticians work for the government, the forces, financial services, scientific research and development services, biomedical research, pharmaceutical industry and consulting services specializing in management, science, and technology. Software publishers, insurance companies, aerospace, pharmaceutical, and other manufacturing companies also employ applied mathematicians and statisticians. Pure mathematicians work extensively in academia, teaching the next generation and developing innovations through their own research. They can also be found in cryptography, defence, security, energy, finance and intelligence roles.
“There is no branch of mathematics, however abstract, which may not some day be applied to phenomena of the real world.” — Nikolai Lobachevsky From N. Rose, Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC, Rome Press Inc., 1988.
Review your degree skills
The profile below identifies the skills that can be developed through the study of your discipline based on subject benchmark statements developed by UK higher education academic communities. It may help you to identify the valuable skills that you can offer to potential employers.
TargetJobs Mathematics, Economics and Finance Undergraduate of the Year Award 2015
St Andrews student, Katy Barlow, studying Maths and Economics, has won the TargetJobs Mathematics, Economics and Finance Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Gazprom. Her prize is a summer internship in the UK and Singapore.
Katy and 109 other undergraduates were invited to the final in Canary Wharf where the winners were announced.
|Recent Mathematics and Statistics graduates|
|Bluefin Solutions - Junior IT Consultant||Sainsbury's Bank - Senior Analyst||Hymans Robertson LLP - Investment Analyst|
|TeachFirst - Mathematics Teacher||Deloitte - Financial Services||Royal Bank of Canada - Risk Analyst|
|Graduates who are established in their profession|
Ogilvy & Mather - Tech Innovation Strategist
Aberdeen Asset Management - Marketing Research and Intelligence Manager
Fidelity Worldwide Investment - Managing Director, Asia Pacific ex Japan
Hyder Consulting PLC - Managing Director, East Asia
dunnhumby - Data Science Analyst
EY - Transaction Advisory Services
Tom graduated in 2009. He is a Life Insurance Actuary for EY.
Jilly graduated in 2012. She is an Information Analyst, NHS Education for Scotland.
Visit the Graduate Destinations page to see what graduates and postgraduates from your School are doing now.
Many jobs and internships are not advertised. One of the best ways to find out about these ‘hidden opportunities’ is by networking. Networking can also help secure a job that is publicised or is part of a training scheme. Your contacts can open doors, set up meetings, help prepare you for interviews, and provide you with an inside look at a company or industry.
How to contact alumni
There are two main ways to contact alumni on-line:
In 2014, 41.4% of Mathematics and Statistics graduates went on to do further study.
Advisers are able and willing to discuss postgraduate applications - vocational and academic.
Popular postgraduate institutions and courses:
Work experience is becoming ‘essential’ in the UK when it comes to securing graduate level employment.
During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 90% of the UK’s leading graduate employers offered paid work experience programmes for students and recent graduates. Altogether, 55% of St Andrews finalists had completed some element of work experience with a graduate employer whilst at university – much higher than the survey average. More than two-fifths had a part-time job during term-time and three-fifths had some form of casual vacation work.Source: High Fliers –The UK Graduate Careers Survey 2016.
Joining a society and/or a professional body, particularly if you take on a role of responsibility, can impress future employers and also enhance employability skills such as team working, negotiation, event management, controlling budgets, leadership etc. Here are a few relevant examples:
These can often be a good source of information on internships, jobs and postgraduate study.