Another viable career path, especially with the often overwhelming expense of university education, is apprenticeships. But these are not as well understood by people who went through the university route themselves.
The Guardian has helpfully compiled a summary of the best paid apprenticeships in 2017, and summarised the key requirements. Not surprisingly, being a capable mathematician is a distinct advantage!
To find out more, read the full article:
Just in case we weren’t already convinced, another survey has come out providing evidence that doing well in maths at GCSE level is an indicator of future success in terms of career and earnings. This is from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and has much to say about the financial impact of different education paths. For my purpose today, however, the relevant quote is the paragraph from The Guardian article:
“Seven years after graduation, men with A*s in GCSE maths were earning £48,000 on average, while those with As were on £39,000 – but graduates who failed to gain a C were earning less than £26,000. For women, those with A*s averaged more than £40,000, with £33,000 for As.”
Leaving aside the gender gap issues (we need to do more to encourage our young girls to access STEM subjects and then help them to get rewarded fairly for their achievements), it is clear that success in maths pays off further down the road.
If you would like to read the original article from The Guardian, you can find it here:
I have mentioned a few times in the past that the best degrees and the most lucrative jobs tend to be suited for people with strong maths skills.
In the age of increasing University tuition fees, more and more people are looking towards apprenticeships as a more affordable route into a professional career. So it is interesting, though unsurprising, to note that we see the same trend towards maths and maths-centric specialisms for the most appealing apprenticeships.
Read the Guardian article here for more information:
It’s always good to take a look at how to get where you want to be…
The advice contained here still stands. Good luck if you have maths exams currently.
Good Luck over the coming weeks!
Here are a few exam pointers that will help you to make the most of each exam:
Before the exam:
- Get a good night’s sleep before the exam
- Have a nourishing breakfast in the morning (and lunch, if your exam is in the afternoon)
- Make sure you have the right tools for your exam. Do you need your calculator? Tracing paper? Compasses?
- Arrive in plenty of time so that you can enter the exam hall feeling calm and composed.
During the exam:
- Read ALL the instructions on the front page.
- Work through the questions methodically, allowing time to check over your answers before the exam finishes.
- Read each question carefully
- Show ALL your working, step by step
- Draw graphs and diagrams IN PENCIL
- Write your answer in the space provided, using the correct:
- format (were you asked to give the equation of a line…
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There is a fantastic, free online course (MOOC) developed by Jo Boaler (see www.youcubed.org) which discusses Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset, and explains why anyone can be good at maths.
The course is available here:
I strongly recommend this course to anyone who hasn’t yet realised that they can do maths as well as they want to, if they put in the work.