Ever wondered “what do mathematicians in industry do all day?” Our SIAM Student Chapter at NUI Galway did, so we decided to find out by inviting five mathematics graduates to present short talks on their experiences of finding employment, establishing careers, developing networks and, of course, what they do all day.
The speakers at the event, held on 27 October, were James McTigue (PhD in Linear Algebra; Valeo), Peter White (BSc in Applied Mathematics; Cisco), Noel Lawless (BSc in Financial Mathematics and Economics; Vhi), Stefanie Carr (BSc in Mathematics and Physical Education; St Joseph’s College), Barry Hurley (PhD in Abstract Algebra; Avaya), and Ananda Geluk (BA in Communications; NUI Galway Career Development Centre).
It was our best ever attended event: over 60 students, mostly undergraduates, were present. They heard about designing car vision systems, building communications and network software, harnessing big data in insurance, developing software that tries to not to keep people on hold for too long and, of course, the challenges and rewards of educating the next generation of mathematicians.
The session concluded with a presentation on where most of our graduates are working/studying, and outlined the careers services and supports available to students.
Many of the students who attended stayed on afterwards to speak to the presenters over tea/coffee. The event was hosted in collaboration with the NUI Galway Mathematics Society.
Paul Greaney & Niall Madden, NUI Galway