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MATH3087 Communication, Careers and Employability in Mathematics

Module Overview

This module consists of various activities to help students be more aware of post-degree opportunities, to develop skills that employers value, and to develop personal and professional skills that will help them to transition to working life and to manage their careers. In part this will consist of generic career skills sessions (CV, cover-letter writing, interview technique, etc) and other parts will be discipline-specific, e.g. using technical skills in the workplace, and communicating technical work to a non-technical audience.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to increase the likelihood that students are able to secure their chosen career. Taught via both theoretical and practical teaching methods, students will identify what is important to you in a career, appreciate the breadth of careers available to mathematics graduates and develop students’ abilities to apply for and attain employment.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • -developed their ability to analyse and enhance their own employability skills via -> identifying what is most important to them in a career -> investigating and evaluating a career option(s) and analysing its suitability
  • - developed their core application material: effective CV/cover letter
  • - developed fluency and confidence in their ability to present/communicate technical material
  • - developed their ability to appreciate the complexity of business/real world problems and be able to critically assess their ability to tackle them using resources available to them


A. Core Employability skills There will be approximately 12 sessions based on core skills/knowledge. We will cover topics like: • What are you looking for in a career? • What are employers looking for? • What can you do with your degree? • Maths in the workplace (panel of experts) • Commercial awareness • Networking • Finding out about the world of work – speed informational interviews • Practical (CVs/applications/interviews) • Teamwork • Work skills (juggling work/study) • Business Games • Group project, e.g. using data in a business context • Communicating technical knowledge to a non-specialist audience (e.g. school students) Over the course of the semester students will: develop their personal employment portfolio (including: CV, cover letter, skills assessment, sector research etc.); complete a group project (including a presentation and self/group assessment); write an essay on a technical subject; apply and interview for a job; develop their presentation skills. Students will be encouraged to work towards a tangible outcome, e.g. applying for work experience (shadowing) or for a job. B. Investigating maths in the workplace Students will investigate and evaluate careers options and analyze its suitability via: critically assessing their suitability (or not) relating to that career. A large part of the semester will be based around mathematics via the group project. Students will be required to investigate applications/importance of mathematics to the wider population and communicate their findings to technical and non-technical audiences.

Special Features

This module will: • Foster and develop professional networks through use of alumni and employer forums • Engage employers in the curriculum • Develop the knowledge of employers of the work of students

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, workshops, group and individual study. We will bring in speakers from industry who can discuss “mathematics in the workplace” and what new graduates can expect to do within that sector. Speakers will be encouraged to explain the skill sets required/desired within their company. We aim to encourage alumni to share their experiences and advice as well.

Independent Study96
Total study time150



Group presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 30%
Group presentation 10%
Group project 40%
Short essay /assignment 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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