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Mathematical Sciences

Wayne Burby MSc Operational Research and Finance, 2013

Management Consultancy, London

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Employers really value Operational Research because it’s hard, it’s analytical and if you mention you studied it you become really sought after.

Why did you choose to undertake your studies at the University of Southampton?

I did my Undergraduate degree in Southampton in BSc Maths, which links to why I chose Southampton in the first place. I found it was a great combination of a campus and a city university and a great student city. Also, the courses on offer for Maths were incredible and you get to choose exactly what modules you want to do. Other universities appeared to specialise in one field such as Pure Maths, Applied Maths or Statistics but Southampton is strong for all facets. This was particularly useful for when you first come to university and you are not quite sure what you want to do in Maths, if you come to Southampton you have all the options.

Were you involved in any clubs and societies?

There are so many societies in Southampton and I signed up to too many initially. I did keep up with Tennis society and Maths society was very strong. Other societies I joined included Entrepreneur society, Finance Society and the Pimms society. I found that the Entrepreneur and Finance societies had lots of inspiring talks, even if you don’t want a career in business and finance. The talks were given by people who have achieved great things and run businesses and so I would definitely suggest attending if you want to be inspired, and they’re free.

What are your future career plans?

Currently I am working in London in Management Consultancy. A lot of people who do Operational Research tend go into OR based jobs but Management Consultancy is the flip side of the coin. Finance is another option but I prefer consultancy, as I find it the most interesting.

How did you feel your course prepared you for the world of work?

Anyone who wants to go into Management Consultancy and is tossing up between Operational Research and Business Management should know that employers really value Operational Research because it’s hard, it’s analytical and if you mention you studied it you become really sought after.

Is there anything about Southampton that you find particularly strong that you want to pass on to future students?

They are a great bunch of people and there is such a friendly atmosphere. Even if you come here not knowing anyone, no matter who you are, you will find someone who will make you feel welcome. The University is very supportive in both professional support and from students, especially compared to other universities I have visited.

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