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What do Cambridge graduates do?

The top three sectors that Cambridge graduates joined in our most recent survey were information technology, finance followed by a combination of education and analysis roles. varied service. Of course many mathematics students continue on to further study (circa 30% of the most recent survey) and this may be something that you want to consider.

Will employers want my degree?

The majority of employers that recruit Cambridge graduates do not require a certain degree. They are usually more interested in what you can do rather than what you have studied. The numerate and problem solving skills you develop as a mathematician can be applied to many different roles in different sectors. Try looking for ideas for help with identifying your personal strengths and preferences. Then search Handshake for internships, jobs or graduate schemes you are interested in. Note the selection criteria that usually focus on "competencies” rather than having studied a certain subject and see which ones are a good fit.

Using my degree

A degree in mathematics can be a requirement for some highly numerical career paths, such as working in operational research, quantitative analyst roles in banking, roles in cryptography and statistics. In some other professions, such as actuarial work, while not an absolute requirement, a maths degree de facto offers the main entry route. For many other positions in finance, business, consultancy, management, supply chain management, IT, and many analytical or problem solving roles, employers recruit those with a strong numerate background and maths is obviously one such discipline.

If you’re interested in what other maths students have gone on to do from Cambridge, you can explore our alumni network or use LinkedIn in a similar way. You can see what they do, their career to date and contact them for further information. This can be especially useful if you're looking to work overseas.