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1 Realising your potential outside academia Katie Russell There are jobs out there What you have to offer Getting started with applications Make your PhD work for you

2 Bad Timing? Recession ended this January Unemployment rises smaller than forecast Some sectors soaring Finance (Auditing, Accountancy, Corporate) IT Petroleum engineering and retail Some sectors: business as usual You'll stand out, whatever the weather

3 Do whats right for you My working assumption is that if youre smart enough to get yourself into a Ph.D. program, youre smart enough to get yourself out of one. My positive philosophy about career change is partly a result of my glass-is-half-full attitude/personality, but its also borne out in the anecdata Ive collected through my interviews. MAs and PhDs find work in non-academic sectors all the time. FTSE GBP

4 Academia vs Commerce Shorter timeframe (days not years) High pressure No students, no teaching Different people Making money not advancing knowledge

5 PhD Effectiveness: SIAM

6 Importance of advanced mathematics: SIAM Three main functional roles for mathematics were mentioned by managers: Development of algorithms and numerical methods (27%) Modelling and simulation (23%) Statistical analysis (15%)

7 Possibilities Don't get tied up on this … apply now, get interviews, filter later

8 Mathematical Modelling Dealing with Unknowns Researching and Compiling Handling Detailed Work Trouble Shooting Pattern Spotting Programming InvestigationCoordinating Analysis Reading Teaching Presenting Conceptualization Decision Making Problem Solving Communicating Abstraction Algorithm development Learning Time management Assimilation Technical writing Public speaking Your Skills Interpreting Translating

9 CV Blurb Technical Skills programming mathematical modelling data analysis computer simulations Monte Carlo technique Teaching Key Achievements Get Advice!

10 Get started with applications Use contacts Recruiters High Quantity (filter your choices later) Keep your options open Be googleable (academic webpages help) Don't (over) worry about initial salary

11 The phone calls roll in...

12 Interviews Confidence in your skills and your value to the company Commercial attitude (as opposed to academic) Ability to relate to other people, and work in a group Ability to answer technical questions, and explain your research to non-specialists Clarity on your reasons for leaving academia and choosing this particular career path

13 Interviews Initiative, interest, outside activities Don't be afraid to show your personality xkcd.com

14 Avoid stumbling blocks What was your PhD about? Why are you leaving Maths? What are your weaknesses? Tests – prepare for them! Evidence based questions Teamwork Leadership Innovation

15 Resources https://www.mi5.gov.uk > careers > competency based interviews > careers > how do I apply > how to do well in the interview


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