I bet you’ve heard plenty of kids saying they’re just not a math person. Maths is so boring. It’s too difficult etc. But what if you could really educate and inspire kids into understanding that there are in fact, lots of very interesting career paths for those who choose to stick with the numbers.
There seems to be a common misconception that maths is just too challenging to learn, particularly as kids move into secondary school education. However, being good at maths is a very worthwhile and perhaps arguably, essential life skill to possess because it’s used in so many areas of everyday life.
Maths helps you develop many other skills
It’s been shown that studying maths helps you develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, communication and time management. Maths also supports the study of subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology and even music.
Going on to obtain a mathematics related degree means you have some of the highly desirable skills that employers are looking for. This could land you a variety of exciting careers. As you would expect, these include careers such as a mathematician, maths teacher and accountant. But it also includes more unusual professions such as a chemist, aerospace engineer, and astronomer.
There is a real demand for mathematicians and statisticians across a range of sectors. Typical employers include local and central government, educational establishments, IT companies, insurance companies and market research companies.
Thinking ahead to your further education
If you enjoy maths at school, you don’t necessarily need to know exactly what your end goal is going to be in terms of a job but you should be confident that you will have excellent job prospects. It’s worth remembering that a mathematician’s skillset is not exhausted once they move out of the realm of the numerical – these skills are transferable. For example, rational and logical thought is something which is required in many areas, whether it’s in a moral or career capacity. Also, the high level of thought required to understand complex mathematical theories and rules is an asset which will benefit an individual in many ways.
If you want to study mathematics at an undergraduate level, you’ll probably undertake a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mathematics. Most undergraduate mathematics degrees take three or four years to complete with full-time study.
If you’re keen to use your mathematical skills in your chosen career, a relevant industrial year out or final year project/dissertation will be helpful. Placements are available on some mathematics degree courses in areas such a banking, the civil service, computing, financial services, and retail.
Like any subject, if kids are engaged with maths and it can be taught in a fun and interactive way, they are more likely to explore it further and consider maths as part of a long-term career plan.