Department of Mathematics

Career management and support

There are many ways in which we can help you during your time at Sussex to develop your employability and to think about a future career.  The important thing is to start early.

The Careers and Employability Centre is home to professional careers advisers who can provide both general and specific advice, on an individual basis if required.  In addition, we offer the following to assist you with your career choices and encourage you to take a proactive approach to your career planning:

  • Careers Fair: We organise an annual fair giving you the opportunity to meet and find out more about employers that are particularly interested in mathematics graduates as well as other mini careers fairs throughout the year.
  • our Career development course: we offer second year students a course on the fundamentals of successful career development.
  • advice and support from our in-house Employability Advisor who has developed links with local employers and gives support in securing placements and internships. (See case studies from some of our students). They also run events such as 'Meet the Employer' giving you the chance to network and build relationships with local employers, apply for placements and jobs. Other typical activities include competitions, mock webcam interviews and feedback, webinars and visits from local employers giving extracurricular presentations.
  • A career development module which introduces the fundamental principles of successful, lifelong career development

Meet the Employers 3'Meet the Employer' event

Enhancing your career prospects

There's a lot you can do to enhance your career prospects in this way outside of your academic activities. Here are just a few:

    • Extra-Curricular Activities are those things you do during your time as a student which are not a formal part of your degree course.  You can get involved in all the Student Union activity clubs and societies, and develop a range of skills that employers value.
    • Career-related vacation work will enhance your future employment prospects and say something about you as a person and potential employee.  In addition, it offers other advantages such as finding out whether you really like a particular kind of work or company before you graduate. Work experience helps you get more out of your degree. It gives you a chance to see how your courses are relevant to the world of work, and can motivate the work you do at University.
Independent career sources

Below you will find a selection of recommended links to independent websites and organisations - a useful resource for undergraduates who will get a sense both of the skills that they will acquire and of the variety of careers open to them with a Maths degree, as well as for graduates who are considering possible career options.

Target Jobs – works with a wide range of graduate employers to provide the largest choice of graduate jobs, internships and work experience opportunities:

What can I do with a maths degree?


Prospects – the UK official graduate careers website

Council for Mathematical Sciences - careers web site for mathematicians

New Scientist Jobs – search jobs in biology, biotech, chemistry and pharmaceutical sales (UK) and (worldwide) – academic job search

Government Statistical Service

Government Operational Research Service

Maths Job Profiles - for Plus magazine

IMA - The Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications

Royal Statistical Society - careers page

Government Actuary's Department