Although it may feel early, it is highly beneficial to start considering your career options as soon as possible and to take advantage of the many opportunities and resources already available to you. This will save you time and stress in the future and allow you to develop relevant experience and skills now, which will give you an advantage over other less prepared applicants when it comes to 2nd and 3rd year opportunities.
Employers have to go through many applications a day, therefore, it’s important to take time and make your CV stand out to employers. Having a clear, concise and structured CV will not only catch the eye of the employer but also put you through to the next stage of the selection process. The Careers service has lots of resources, from CV’s guides to preparing for an interview. If you'd like to speak with a trained Careers Consultant, the Careers Service offers guidance appointments, which is a great way to get started. They also offer applications advice appointments if you're at a stage where you're ready to get feedback on your CV and application forms. All of these services are available from first year onwards and for up to 2 years after graduation.
Managing My Future (Careers Management Skills for Mathematicians) is a compulsory course for all 2nd year single honours Mathematics students. It will be delivered by your careers service, alongside a range of graduate recruiters, with the aim of familiarising students with the skills and competencies employers look for in a Maths graduate.
Attending the two day session will give you an insight into the recruitment processes used by most graduate employers, giving you the opportunity to review your CV, practice psychometric tests and hear from recruiters about what they look for in interviews and assessment centres. Employers not only look at applicant’s degree and their degree classification but they are equally interested in the employability skills that applicants have, such as motivation, adaptability, ability to work in a team and to think critically and analytically.
Use CareersLink to search for new job vacancies, work experience, internships and other opportunities. CareersLink is a great way to set up email alerts to keep up to date with all the careers events and fairs that are happening around the University. It also allows you to book appointments for CV advice and guidance appointments with the Careers Service. CareersLink is available to students for up to 2 years following graduation.
Although employers look for students who meet their required grades they also look for evidence of employability skills. These are usually tested through competency questions on applications and during interview. The Careers service has a list of Employability skills which tells you about each of the skills and how you can develop them while at University.
You can gain some of these skills by getting involved in a Society or become a student representative.
The School of Mathematics values feedback from its students about the teaching they receive, being a course representative you are able to provide feedback from your course friends and raise issues during meetings. The UG Staff Student Liaison Committee meetings are held regularly and are a great way to raise issues and concerns about your learning experience, where staff can then help provide solutions for each issue. Being a course representative helps you develop your public speaking while having to give announcement in lectures, to developing your communication skills when providing course feedback to the Head of School and other members of the faculty. Course representatives are chosen at the start of the year so if you are interested speak to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find most of the societies at the Welcome Fair in September or contact them through facebook for further information. Being a part of a team or society will provide evidence of 'employability skills' such as communication, team work and planning/organisation, which are essential to your CV. The School of Maths have two mathematical societies, MathSoc and Student Union. Both societies have active Facebook groups where they regularly post events and talks on their page, so join the group and keep updated with all their events.
During the summer you will have the opportunity to sign up to become a PASS leader in your 2nd year. PASS is a nationally recognised scheme with structured training and becoming a PASS leader would provide evidence of many essential employability skills to future employers.
As well as being both rewarding and enjoyable, being a PASS leader during second year is a great opportunity to gain valuable skills in leadership, communication and time management. After an initial training programme of interactive discussions and collaborative group work, delivered by trained SI (Supplemental Instruction) supervisors, you will be offered support throughout the year in the form of group workshops and debriefs.
PASS is a great way to improve your own skills whilst offering academic and pastoral support to your peers and really making a difference to their student experience.
Book an appointment with Karen Butterworth
Need help with your CV, interview programme application or even updating your LinkedIn profile, get advice from The School of Maths Careers Consultant, Karen Butterworth.
To book an appointment with Karen you need to visit CareersLink, ‘make an appointment’, look for Maths Alan Turing Appointments and choose the appropriate time. If no results are found under the search results then all the session are fully booked. The specific date and time aren’t confirmed for the new academic year, however, starting from November Karen will be holding appointments between 1-4pm every Thursday in the Alan Turing Building.