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Interesting Reading in the careers library

At the Reading Careers Library last week I was given a tour. This was quite illuminating. There is a problem with mathematics in this context, as information on potential careers is grouped by job sector. If a student of, say, Law rolls up to the careers library their is a clear section with information on their career prospects in that named sector. Since mathematics students graduate to a wide range of sectors this produces a barrier to access of careers information. A student needs to know they are interested in a career in say, Finance, so they can look up specific information on careers in that sector.

One interesting piece of information is the factsheet given to students when they arrive at the careers library. Students are given a factsheet printed from the prospects.ac.uk website, a well respected authority on university careers advice. This factsheet can be downloaded from the Prospects website: “Options with mathematics.” I would invite comment on this, particularly on the list of jobs under “Jobs directly related to your degree.”

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Carrington Building, Reading Careers Advisory Service

Last week I visited Reading University. It is the Easter holiday so there are not many people around but I still had very useful meetings with Sandhya Tanna of the Reading Careers Advisory Service (building pictured to the right) and Simon Chandler-Wilde, Head of the Mathematics Department.

Maths at Reading includes a compulsory module on Maths communication skills which includes 5 credits on Career management skills. This inclusion of training in not only mathematical skills but also the skills to put across your skills and knowledge is interesting.

In the evening I attended an IMA North Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire Branch meeting, which was an interesting and lively talk by Dr Philip Bond on quantum cryptography.

Reading Department of Mathematics

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