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    I am currently a third year student at the University of Chester and studying Mathematics single honours.

    I'm looking to possibly get a job in market research, but I want it to be as local to Chester as possible. I don't want to travel no more than say 20 miles away from Chester. The reason for this is I want to be close to my family so I can see them quite often.

    Also, I'm not sure of how to start getting into these kind of jobs.

    Any advice anyone could give would be greatly appreciated


    Unfortunately market research is very south-east centric - most agencies are in and around London. There are some in other major cities, but Manchester is probably the closest you'll find. You might want to search through all the accredited market research agencies here to see which ones are closest to you: http://www.theresearchbuyersguide.com/advanced_search/

    As for how to get into the industry, as with many careers these days it's quite hard to get a decent job without any prior experience, so I would look for internships first if possible. It might even be worth getting in touch with the smaller companies to offer your numerical skills for free, because small agencies have to cope with fluctuating workloads and it can help to have an extra pair of hands for a few weeks when they're busy.

    If you're applying for jobs, the key skills they will be looking for are 1) being numerate and analytical, which you clearly are as a maths student, 2) having good written communication skills as you'll be writing presentations and reports, and 3) having a natural interest in people and how they think and behave. If you can find ways to demonstrate those skills, you'll be in with a good chance
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