Department of Mathematics

Career opportunities

Our mathematics graduates enter a wide variety of fields where their analytical skills are valued both in business and in the public sector. Areas such as finance and actuarial work are particularly popular. A number of mathematics graduates each year decide to go onto to study further in an area of particular interest or to study to become teachers.

Mathematics at Sussex is ranked 1st in the UK for graduate prospects (Guardian University Guide 2018 and Times/Sunday Times University Guide 2018)

Below you will find some videos from Mathematics graduates at our Mathematics Careers Forum:

Career profile

'At the start of my Maths degree, I never thought I would end up with a graduate role in IT. However, looking back now it is easier to relate the skills developed during the degree with the roles I have taken with IT at GE.

Having had roles as a project manager on infrastructure and logistics projects, skills such as the ability to research, analyse and apply information becomes essential. All of which were developed during the degree where we are constantly encouraged to understand the problem at hand and apply the theory we learnt and researched into practice. The ability to logically break down what seems like impossible problems into smaller ones is also not only key in Maths but also in IT and in some many other areas.

My current role as Global Incident and Problem Manager, again leverages the skills I learnt from the degree providing me with the natural curiosity to investigate problems and the ability to quickly analyse critical incidents and solve them in a logical manner.

My greatest learning since graduating is that technical skills can always be taught over a short space of time as long as you have the desire to learn. However, the passion to solve problems and the analytical mind required for Maths is not as easy to achieve. Not only that, simple arithmetic’s always comes in handy when working with networks and calculating subnets!'   GE logo

 For further graduate career profiles see our graduate destinations page.