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What can i do with a good Maths degree - i've been told its useless!!! is this true? Its nice and numerate, but where apart from teaching can one aply a maths degree directly, or without extra specialisation courses?

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Acturaries, traders, investment bankers, teachers, academics all have maths degrees, the opportunities arent that scarce.
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i dont mean this rudely, but you are obviously very young, because if you were older you would see that that is a stupid question.

Basically whatever degree you do, it doesnt commit you to that specific job. Unless you want to be a doctor, lawyer etc etc a degree does not commit you to anything. Obviously this varies degree to degree. Maths degrees must be the most useful degree to possess and earn their graduates the most money in any field from computer scientists to investment bankers!
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Says Oxford:
Our graduates are prepared for a diverse range of careers. Recent information shows figures for first destinations of graduates as: further study 28.3%; industry and IT 11.5%; accountancy 15.0%; finance 15.0%; others 25.8%; still seeking 4.4%.

So you could spend the rest of your life doing maths research - which could be in all sorts of analysis, computer modelling, new methods for statistics or pure maths whose uses often only become clear after the problem is solved - or join an industry where mathematical/analytical skills are key such as finance, or as faa says absolutely anything else, since the degree will give you so many skills to use in any job
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(Original post by faa)
i dont mean this rudely, but you are obviously very young, because if you were older you would see that that is a stupid question.
If you say so, lol! But my query is referring to direct jobs - i know that stuff abotu investment bankd, and computer stuff; is ther eany job that i could do with a maths degree, without specialising.

Is there any job that i can get straight after graduation, which does not have andy prerequisites in fields such as finance, and mangagement?

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logistics, statistics?
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holy cow - who'd have thought it - there's a stickied thread on this very subject
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who the hell neg-repped me me for saying that was a stupid question!? It was even more of a stupid question coming from someone who wants to go to Oxford, yet he hasnt even thought what the degree will get him before applying!!

Just to spell this out for you..........

Maths degrees are thought of as the most difficult degrees to study...

That means you must be clever to do them......

Furthermore that concludes clever people study them......

Which then suggests having a degree that only clever people study could possibly suggest yourself (whomever has studied maths at degree level) would be clever..............

Which also means you can apply for pretty much most jobs...........
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who the hell neg-repped me me for saying that was a stupid question!? ...
Yes i did apply to oxford, but no i didn't give you a -ve rep, lol; i do not even know how to rep people, unfortunately...can you show me?

Also, maths degrees are not the hardest. I think an English degree is the hardest thing on this earth, and i rate people who do them, lol; i could never do English! whereas maths just comes naturally, without too much work :aetsch:

But i agree, maths is generally regarded as the 'hardest' subject, because so few people are good at it, which i supposed messes up the statistics...but if you ask a mathematician, he will generally tell you that essaywriting subjects are the hardest, and maths is the easiest

these are my views - anyone have any views?
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but if you ask a mathematician, he will generally tell you that essaywriting subjects are the hardest, and maths is the easiest

these are my views - anyone have any views?
I agree.

Faa, when you say maths graduates are seen as the most clever, I think you mean seen as the best at Maths which often equates too good problem solving, lateral thinking etc etc. To be honest there are no degrees exclusive to Maths graduates but there are also very few jobs that will turn you down on the basis of having a maths degree. Just concentrate on getting AAA(A) and getting to uni, then enjoy yourself for a at least a year before you start worrying about jobs.
Personally I have about 5 careers on my shortlist, so I'll try and get some work exp. in each see how it goes and perhaps I'll develop an interest in something completely unrealted and follow a career I haven't even heard of yet.
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lol; i just wanna be a banker when i graduate, for a few years - make money, then quit finance!!! Its really bboring!!! the maths is so teduous and dry; mechanics and engineering, and pure maths is funner hopefully i will be an engineer in the longrun, but from what i hear, it pays crap

what you people wanna do after graduation?
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(Original post by Phil23)
What can i do with a good Maths degree - i've been told its useless!!! is this true? Its nice and numerate, but where apart from teaching can one aply a maths degree directly, or without extra specialisation courses?

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you can also apply to any graduate schemes that simply require a degree. the maths will show employers you are logical, rational, a good problem solver etc. therefore you can go into unrelated fields such as management etc.

edit: also, i didn't think engineering "paid crap" - i'm sure this depends on teh type of engineering and who you work for, but the engineers i know are very well off!
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also, i didn't think engineering "paid crap" - i'm sure this depends on teh type of engineering and who you work for, but the engineers i know are very well off!
I've always been told that the engineering market is not as stable as the finance market, and that it's hard to get a job, and pays crap, becasuse there is not a shortage of engineers, and so wages are going down, etc, whereas there is always a demand in the finance sector, as they adapt depending on the economy; isn't this the case?
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there is not a shortage of engineers
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Are you kidding me? There's a much much bigger shortage of people wanting to become (and capable of becoming) good engineers than *any* job in the finance sector.
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(Original post by Phil23)
I've always been told that the engineering market is not as stable as the finance market, and that it's hard to get a job, and pays crap, becasuse there is not a shortage of engineers, and so wages are going down, etc, whereas there is always a demand in the finance sector, as they adapt depending on the economy; isn't this the case?
i don't really know anything about either, but you can't guarantee stability in any industry. ui thought finance had quite a high staff turnover?? anyway, i was just saying that the engineers i know have nice paypackets and flash company cars!

if you want to be an engineer, be one. no point doing soething you don't enjoy.
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Well you can't get a job in sainsbury's thats for sure. My mate applied for a shelf stacking job but was told he didn't have enough experience. (but he is a scouser so that probably counted against him.

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what you people wanna do after graduation?
Get my maths and econ degree, maybe do a masters...get a high pressure, high money job...either work my way up, hit the 'glass ceilling' and then do an MBA or it its financial viable start my own business - become rich and then sit back in the jacuzzi like Tony Montana
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Get my maths and econ degree, maybe do a masters...get a high pressure, high money job...either work my way up, hit the 'glass ceilling' and then do an MBA or it its financial viable start my own business - become rich and then sit back in the jacuzzi like Tony Montana
Hmm, you really want to be put into a lot of pressure?

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Get my maths and econ degree, maybe do a masters...get a high pressure, high money job...either work my way up, hit the 'glass ceilling' and then do an MBA or it its financial viable start my own business - become rich and then sit back in the jacuzzi like Tony Montana
Now thats my type of a career - plus do it all before you turn 40.
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Well you can't get a job in sainsbury's thats for sure. My mate applied for a shelf stacking job but was told he didn't have enough experience. (but he is a scouser so that probably counted against him.

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Experience? LOL. He should have took them to court for discrimination.
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