Published on April 26th, 2013 | by Jo0
It still adds up: employment options for maths grads
A common question asked by many prospective university students is ‘what employment options will studying mathematics give me? ‘At the recent UNSW Careers Expo Dr Chris Tisdell went straight to the source to ask potential employers their attitudes towards students with quality mathematical skills. The response from employers including QANTAS, NAB and CISCO Systems was overwhelmingly positive. The full article and findings can be found here
So where can you access employers who value your newly acquired mathematical skills?
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Graduate Program
This 9 month program provides practical on-the-job training through team based work or projects. It will involve structured formal training and development activities that are designed to:
- assist you to transition into the ABS and the Australian Public Service
- provide you with training specific to your subject matter area
- provide work rotations and formal projects (subject to areas placed)
- give opportunities to access buddies
- offer networking opportunities
Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) Graduate Program
BoM’s graduate and trainee opportunities offer the chance to undertake a 10 month comprehensive specialist training program conducted by the renowned Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre, with access to world class facilities, state-of-the-art technology and innovative training initiatives.
CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics’ Graduate Fellows Program
The Graduate Fellows program offers graduates the opportunity to solve real world problems and experience a research career with CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics.
The program duration is two years, during which Fellows are paid a salary as a CSIRO employee.
The program takes an ‘apprentice approach’ where Fellows are mentored by leading research scientists and work on a range of exciting projects. Fellows are encouraged to present their work at a conference at the end of the second year.
AMSI recognises a growing need for high-level postgraduates to enter all industry sectors allowing those students to transfer their skills from theory to real world application, while companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise
The benefits for students;
- Flavour of what industry has to offer
- Potential recruitment opportunities
- Establish network of industrial contacts
- Improve soft skills and professional development
- Participate in interesting projects
- Paid $3000 per month in the form of a stipend or scholarship top up.
The AMSI Intern model provides a valuable opportunity for academic mentors and industry to develop new and or further strengthen existing relationships through these research collaborations.
Another great place to canvas potential employers is at university careers events; for the most part these are run in March. These fairs and the career development workshops available via your university provide an excellent start point for launching your successful (mathematical) career.
To further highlight the variety of jobs available to mathematicians and statisticians, AMSI in partnership with La Trobe University produces the Maths Ad(d)s booklet.
Maths Ad(d)s details recent job ads specifically requesting maths and stats skills, everywhere from Defence to Teaching. This handy publication provides a useful overview and job application advice.
AMSI Summer School Careers Afternoon
Employers participating in previous years events include:
- Westpac Group
- Australian Genome Research Facility
- Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies