Careers

Careers support

The School of Mathematics and Statistics is committed to helping it students find meaningful employment after their degrees. We support our students in finding careers in a number of ways, and you can see some of your options below.

The department has a Careers Liaison Officer, Dr Jonathan Potts, who deals with outside companies and sends regular emails to students with opportunities that they offer. SUMS, the student society, also has a careers officer who liaises with employers and organises talks for its members.

All students at the university now receive a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) upon graduating, and can optionally apply for a Sheffield Graduate Award, both of which have been very well regarded by employers in the past. These are both intended to be transcripts for the 21st century and as a department, we encourage students to find out more about these, and get involved in extracurricular activity.

Worried you might not get a 2:1 or First? Click here for advice

Staff in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, and the Careers Service, have put together the following advice if you're worried you might not get a 2:1 or First.

What you can do with a SoMaS 2:2, or lower classification?

A lot of graduate jobs ask for a "2:1 or higher". This can be rather dispiriting if you do not feel you are likely to obtain the magic 2:1 Grade. However, all is not lost! Far from it. All Sheffield maths degrees are highly prized by employers – including 2:2, 3rd and Pass degrees – and can open a wealth of opportunities.

Here are some things to consider if you are worried your degree classification might be below a 2:1:

  1. There are careers websites dedicated to people with 2:2s or lower. For example this TARGETjobs article contains many specific employers that are currently recruiting at below 2:1 level. Also see this nice article on the Guardian website.
  2. Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) often take on lower degree classifications. For example, many niche software companies fall into this category. Here’s some info on SMEs, which includes many job websites devoted to SMEs: www.careers.dept.shef.ac.uk/pdf/sme.pdf.
  3. Teaching and many public sector jobs consider people below the 2:1 level.
  4. Employers can be flexible. Even though they say "2:1+", employers also favour people with relevant extra-curricular interests, and are likely to take into account mitigating circumstances. This is especially true for smaller companies.

Things you can do to improve your chances:

  1. Get started sooner rather than later: September rather than March, Year 2 rather than Year 3. Allow yourself time to research jobs, produce well-written applications, and learn from recruiter feedback.
  2. Gain additional relevant work experience. Placements, internships, job shadowing, or e-mentoring can help build up your employability skills and get a 'foot in the door' with companies or careers trajectories (see Experience US). Being on the executive of a sports club or other student society, or doing voluntary/charitable work also boosts your CV.
  3. Network at local careers fairs, employer and alumni events the Careers Service – visit careerconnect.sheffield.ac.uk.
  4. Speak to the Careers Service who give bespoke support and guidance, tailored to your specific circumstances: www.sheffield.ac.uk/careers/aboutus

Degrees with employment experience

Spend a year putting your mathematical skills into practice with a top organisation. You can switch onto these courses in the first two years – find out more

Contact: Dr Jonathan Potts (j.potts@sheffield.ac.uk)

MAS279 Career Development Skills

You can choose this optional module in second year, in which you will complete a portfolio of work centred around researching careers options, writing a job applications, and more.

MAS279: Career Development Skills

Contact: Professor Caitlin Buck (c.e.buck@sheffield.ac.uk)

Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience

The SURE scheme offers funded research scholarships for undergraduate to work with an academic on a piece of research during the summer.

SURE (administered by 301)

The University Careers Service supports maths students and graduates, up to three years after graduation. It provides services and support to help you:

  • Identify your career options
  • Develop and understand your skills
  • Find work experience, graduate jobs and opportunities for further study
  • Write CVs and applications
  • Prepare for interviews and assessment centres
  • Meet employers through recruitment fairs and presentations
  • Talk to a Careers Adviser in confidence about any career issue

Find out more: Careers service

See also: Postgraduate opportunities in SoMaS

The Careers Service website tells you what sort of things you can do with your degree. By visiting the mathematics section, you can find out about what other maths graduates have gone on to do, understand the skills that you have developed as part of your degree, and explore your options and find vacancies.

Careers with my degree

Below you can find some links to content provided by the Careers Service, including graduate case studies, vacancies, and events and support to help you find a job.

Find vacancies

Students and graduates can register and log in to our vacancy database which includes hundreds of graduate jobs, part-time jobs, vacation work, voluntary work, internships, placements, insight courses and open days.

What's on

Find out about the wide variety of events organised by the Careers Service including: talks, workshops, employer presentations, one-to-one sessions, skills development and occupational panels.

Applications and interviews

We provide information and advice on how to write CVs, covering letters and applications and prepare for psychometric tests, interviews and assessment centres. 

Developing skills

Find out how you can develop your skills through workshops organised by the Careers Service.

Graduate case studies

Search our database of more than 1,000 case studies from University of Sheffield graduates. and find out what they are up to now and how they are putting their degrees to use.

Information resources

Find resources to help you get started, explore your options, write applications and prepare for interview. It can also help you to make the most of taking time out or if you are considering an international career.