Employability

We offer a number of degrees that give you the option of spending a year working in industry with one of our placement providers. The academic objectives of these degrees will incorporate a critical analysis of your skill development while on placement, while offering you the opportunity to see first hand how a particular industry operates.

The graduate jobs market is increasingly competitive and we are finding that graduates with relevant work experience are consistently preferred by employers across most mathematics-related sectors. Particular employability skills and experience likely to be gained from a year in industry are:

  • improving your team-working skills
  • developing your powers of critical analysis, problem solving, written communication skills and presentation skills
  • developing your project management skills
  • developing your competence in IT, in particular the use of mathematical software

We will support you in securing placements via a dedicated employability adviser, who understands the markets students are applying to, along with:

  • Weekly employability sessions with four qualified actuaries reviewing applications and giving advice based on industry experience
  • Regular actuarial society events attracting actuarial and other financial employers to the campus to meet students
  • A professional skills and employability module in year 2
  • Option to choose the with industry programme at any time up to the end of year 1, which means that we will work with you intensively through year 2 to support you in securing either a 12 month placement between years 2 and 3 or a summer internship