Careers and HE

The skills gained from studying a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subject at A level or degree level are in demand by employers. Graduates with STEM degrees earn on average 5% to 10% higher salaries than the mean for all graduates.

These subjects are underpinned by mathematics. Having a broad mathematical knowledge and secure technical ability will help the transition from sixth-form to higher education. Together with good mathematical skills, employers are looking for the ability to work in a team, communicate effectively and show initiative.

The universities section has further details of the mathematical requirements of many degree courses.

Below are links to useful websites with information about:

  • careers using mathematics;
  • and progression to STEM-related subjects in higher education.

Other sources of information

  • Mathscareers
    Information about the many fascinating careers that studying mathematics can lead to. www.mathscareers.org.uk

  • Plus Magazine
    Interviews with people who took mathematics-related degrees, explaining their career pathway and what they now do. plus.maths.org/content/Career

  • Best Course 4 me
    An independent website which enables students to investigate the link between A level subjects, degrees, careers and earnings. Useful for students in year 10 or 11 considering which subjects to chose at A level. bestcourse4me.com

  • Royal Statistical Society
    Useful guides and articles for careers using statistics. www.rss.org.uk/

  • UCAS website
    The UCAS website has a variety of tools for helping students choose the right course for higher education. www.ucas.com
    The site enables searches for particular courses and there are profiles for different subjects showing the skills they develop which employers value.
    www.ucas.com/seps/profiles/

  • National STEM Centre
    Details of the support available for schools including teaching resources and support for promoting STEM careers awareness.

  • Career Player
    The Career Player website has good quality videos of interviews with people working in a variety of careers. There are some interesting interviews focusing on women in engineering.