Mathematics Graduates on their Edinburgh Experience

Mathematics Graduates on their Edinburgh Experience

November 12, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


>>EMILY: I was always attracted to Edinburgh
because it was such a beautiful city and it really appealed to me that you could do different
subjects as well as just doing maths.>>BEN: I was quite overawed by the whole,
eh, process of going to university and I was quite daunted by it, but when I came to Edinburgh
everyone was just so friendly>>MATTHEW: I knew that they had a great maths
course. And then I came to have a look around and I really liked the city and the way it
was situated.>>CHRISTINA: it’s just got such a great
atmosphere all the time, and it’s really vibrant and bubbly, and that’s what I wanted.
>>FRASER: Not just the course itself but the amount of things to do like societies
and sports clubs and things around the city, that was kinda what made me come here, it’s
great.>>LYNSEY: Join Math Soc!
>>DANIELLE: Yes! Join Math Society! 100%>>LYNSEY: It sounds really geeky, doesn’t
it? You think “oh, math soc, it’s gonna be…” but we’re all really cool, really
fun. There’s lots of social events that they run, and I think it’s a really good
way for first years especially to make friends>>EMILY: The University has a really good
reputation, which appealed to me, obviously. And I came and looked round on a lovely sunny
day, and I had to keep reminding myself it wouldn’t look like that when I got here
necessarily – but it so often has, and it’s been a very beautiful place to study>>FRASER: My favourite ever course
at uni was just this year it was called Maths Education and it was all about the different theories about how people learn maths and people do maths and it culminated in getting
to go into a primary school and teach the kids maths, that was totally great
>>AMY: I really enjoyed the interactive courses. So in first year, we had one where we had
clickers so we could answer questions during the lecture. I found that really helpful
>>KK: the feeling of satisfaction you get when you do mathematics, like when I understood
this rather abstract structure while working on my dissertation, it was the most satisfying
experience>>LYNSEY: My favourite course was one of
the third year courses we did last year. And that was 100% down to the lecturer, he was
so engaging and enthusiastic, and you could just tell he really, really loved his subject>>CATRIONA: I think my maths degree has given me really good problem solving skills and that’s something that employers really are looking for.>>LYNSEY: we’ve gained a lot of presentation skills and group work skills through various
sort of projects and presentations we’ve had to give.
>>BEN: the critical thinking involved, the problem solving skills, and just … a lot
of people wouldn’t think that mathematics is a very social degree but it very much is,
like you’re collaborating all the time with teams working on projects, working on problems>>EMILY: Now that I’ve graduated I’m
going to start work in August down in London at a small investment bank. I did and internship there at the end of my third year, and I got a lot of help from the Careers Service>>CHRISTINA: in September I’m starting work for British Telecom on their Business
Management Graduate Scheme>>BEN: I’m going to be starting at Ernst
and Young doing tax>>LYNSEY: Now that I’ve graduated I have
a place to study to be a teacher.>>MATTHEW: So I’ve got a job working back
in Newcastle, where I come from, with the Civil Service to work for the Department for
Work and Pensions. And I’ll be doing Operational Research, so it’s quite similar to the things
I’ve studied in my degree.>>MICHAEL: I’m going to London to do a
short internship with a drugs development company in the research team, and then I’m
coming back here to work with Tibor, one of the lecturers, to do a PhD in stochastic models
of cancer growth>>DANIELLE: I have a place to study finance,
a masters in finance>>FRASER: I’m going to do a Masters in
maths and computer science. You’re able to go from maths into so many other things
because it helps you it’s about making logical arguments and that’s a skill that you need
for all subject areas.