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1 The University of Kent Careers and Employability Service Actuarial and Maths Careers Presentation You can download a copy of this presentation at

2 Skills gained on a Maths/Actuarial Degree Maths/Actuarial graduates are attractive to many employers because of their:  Ability to analyse information in a logical way  Investigative and problem solving skills.  Numeracy  IT skills  Especially finance & computing

3 Destinations of Kent Maths Graduates What can I do with a Maths degree

4 Destinations of Kent Actuarial Graduates

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6 MATHS/ACTUARIAL JOB AREAS  Actuarial Work: insurance firms (Friends Provident) and Consultancies (Mercer)  Pensions Analyst: Deloitte, Nat West Bank  Accountancy: KPMG/PWC  Banking: Lloyds TSB  Tax: Coutts Bank  Statistical Work: GSS  Operational Research: GORS  Defence: GCHQ, DSTL  Computing: Logica, FDM  Teaching: PGCE  Risk Management

7 Actuary Relatively small profession – far less jobs than accountancy Consulting actuary More people skills needed Towers Perrin, Mercers Early closing dates Insurance company actuary Slightly less competition AXA, Sun Life What can I do with an Actuarial Science degree? Inside Careers Actuarial Careers Guide

8 Accountancy  Biggest recruiter of graduates in the UK. PWC and KPMG recruit 1,000 graduates each  3 years training whilst working – paid a salary  Audit, tax and consultancy  Some similarities with actuarial work  Focus on good A Level grades.  Main area is Chartered Accountancy (ACA), but also Certified, Management and Public Sector Accountancy

9 Banking Retail Banking Similar to shop work! Selling loans and managing accounts Investment Banking Much more competitive. Get internships in your second year and apply early in your final year High A Level grades normally needed.

10 Statistician Analyses and interprets data. Collects information, analyses it using statistical methods and computer programs such as SPSS. Interprets data for clients and users. Writes reports. EMPLOYERS: The largest employer is the Government Statistical Service GSS which employs 700 staff in more than 30 departments. Medical Statistics is also another large area with some major hospitals having statistical units. Biometrists work as statisticians in the pharmaceutical industry, as researchers in medical schools and hospitals and in agricultural institutes. SATISFACTIONS: intellectual stimulation of work. NEGATIVES: spend most of time in the office. DEGREE: Normally mathematics, statistics, economics or other statistics-related degrees. Graduates in other subjects can do an MSc in statistics.

11 “SCIENTIFIC” MATHEMATICS Scientific Officer - Qinetiq (2),Research Project Ass't - Pfizer Defence industry and other science and engineering companies: mathematical modeling and designing algorithms. The work is often research orientated and can be intellectually stimulating GCHQ national intelligence and securitywww.gchq.gov.uk HM Government Communications Centre QinetiQ (an agency of the Ministry of Defence) Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) (explosives/weapons technology) Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG BAe Systems global aerospace and defence AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment)www.awe.co.uk Roke Manor Research communications research lab. of Siemens specialising in AEA Technology does contract researchwww.aeat.co.uk The Met Office

12 Teaching £20,000 bursary with 1 st or 2:1 Three ways in: PGCE Schools Direct Teach First

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14 CHOOSING A CAREER Prospects Planner: powerful career choice program Choosing a career web pages Information on many different careers

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16  Actuarial CV  Maths CV Finance and teaching practice interviews

17 Careers Talks and Employer Presentations VACANCY AND WORK EXPERIENCE DATABASE Apply for jobs in the first term – vacancy s every Monday in year 2. Graduate Employer Directories are available in Careers Service

18 Moodle Careers Employability Award Much lower unemployment rate for graduates who completed the award last year I won’t have any sympathy if you come to see me when you graduate without a job and haven’t bothered to do the award!

19 Moodle Careers Employability Award Complete 3 of the following seven assignments Analyse your skills and learn how to make top quality applications Do you want to live to work or work to live? Researching careers Choosing a career Submit a CV Social media Action planning 14 Quizzes: need 75% to pass Employability skills quiz Employability skills quiz: drag & drop How to develop the skills employers want? Test your spelling and grammar! What makes you happy at work? How commercially aware are you? Special interests topic lesson Interview preparation Practice interview What are the most common interview questions? Aptitude tests and assessment centres CV quiz CVs and covering letters: drag & drop quiz Career planning drag and drop quiz

20 Comments from students who have completed the award You get a really nice certificate! It was so easy, quick and I learned a lot. Without realising, you have finished the course and have already put together a very good CV and covering letter. It really blew my mind with some ideas I’ve never known before, such as portfolio working and working from home. I never thought about obtaining happiness from my work before. It would be mad to apply for a job or attend an interview without doing it! Before the course I had only a vague idea of my career path and opportunities. Now I am applying for summer internships and know how to effectively sell my skills to a prospective employer and have a much more focused plan for my future. The module is very, very useful! I really love how it makes you to think about your personality and helps you to identify your strengths and weaknesses. I found the module to be highly thought- provoking as it really encouraged me to consider how my degree will benefit my future and what I can be doing now to improve my graduate employment prospects. I enjoyed the depth of the module. It went far beyond some general tips on how to write a good CV and prepare for an interview. Rather it went in to detail about the whole process of graduate job search from the beginning to the end. It was very instructive. The amount of time put into this is astounding! I actually spoke to friends from other universities who said they wished they had something like this. It has made me feel a lot more confident when it comes to applications and interviews and has also made me think about skills that I didn't think I had before. I recently had a very successful interview largely because I put the advice on the module into practice.

21 Telephone: Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9 to 5 including vacations Drop-in times (no appointment needed): to & 2 to 5 pm

22 The University of Kent Careers and Employability Service You can download a copy of this presentation at

23 WEB PAGES  Applications and Interviews (includes assessment centres and psychometric tests etc.)  Example CVs & Covering Letters  Practice Interviews  Interview videos

24 Careers Network  Helps current Kent students gain an insight into careers through contact with alumni - graduates of the University.  Information interviews, advice by letter/phone/ , work-shadowing.  Visit the Careers Centre and ask to use the Careers Network at reception.

25 Careers Fair pm. Tues Nov 5th Sports Centre Meet employers from all sectors offering graduate jobs, placements and summer internships. Find out about the opportunities they offer and get first- hand advice and information. Everybody welcome, whatever your year or subject of study. PWC, Morgan Stanley, Teach First, AXA, Barclays etc.


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