Students with a mathematical degree have a variety of career options open in front of them. If they want to pursue higher studies, they can go up the ladder otherwise, they can opt for a desired career after completing their graduation.
Before we talk about the different prospects of building a career after graduating in mathematics, let us first consider some general points which I insistshould be kept in mind when a student is choosing a career path.
There should be a balance of courses. The course subjects should be selected keeping the career choice in mind. Even if the student has chosen up a mathematical or a statistical subject, some other applied course subject should be studied side by side with it so that the option of going into the academic as well as the non-academic field remains open.
Knowledge of only mathematics or statistics is not enough. Nowadays, in every area of work, computer knowledge is a must. If we look at the picture from a close angle, we can see that mathematics and statistics deal with that branch where computation is carried out. Therefore in the chosen career field, knowledge of computers will indeed play a major role. Students should have enough exposure to computers. It will be good if the student pursues a computer science or information technology course alongside his main course.
Mathematics and statistics are technical subjects. Their usefulness in the career field will depend how the mathematics graduate will be able to combine his mathematical skills with his interpersonal skills. An employer searches in his employee’s basic communication and leadership skills along with the technical skills. The student needs to understand that a good performance in the work field is possible only when he can build a rapport with his colleagues and communicate his ideas effectively.
A basic knowledge in a field which is closely relatedto mathematics is a must. This will help the student in entering into such a career field which merges mathematical technicalities with another field. Examples are computer science, finance, and economics.
Having undergone an internship or training in the relevant field is like an icing on the cake when you are looking for a job. Employers perceive it as a plus point because the student has already seen the actual working environment and are ready to shoulder responsibilities.
Having talked about the recommendations, let us now focus our discussion on the career options available:
Students with a mathematical degree can achieve a desired career of their choice, given; they do a thorough research and make sure that that the job role goes hand-in-hand with what they want to achieve in their life.