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Top tips from a maths graduate

James Parsons

Studying Mathematics at Brunel equipped me with a broad range of skills that helped me in the real world.

James, Alumni

Insights Consultant, Capgemini

Mathematics BSc - 2016

From UK

How did studying maths at Brunel help you?

Studying Mathematics at Brunel has equipped me with a broad range of skills such as logical thinking and problem-solving. The overwhelming knowledge gained from the course is both powerful and compelling, and is taught by enthusiastic, passionate researchers. Through the completion of individual and group assignments, I was given the freedom to explore mathematical phenomena, whilst developing advanced skills which has permitted me to challenge myself and succeed in my current role.

How does it feel being back at Brunel but giving a talk?

It’s really good to be back and it’s great to be on the other end of the communications providing useful insights to the students. The Mathematical Science department has always been recognised for its fantastic knowledge sharing within the community, so I am very pleased to assist and present to the students.

Why did you agree to do this talk, what do you think students get from this?

Employability days were really beneficial to me, so once I was given the opportunity to help the department I immediately took it. I’m certain that from my presentation, students have gained some valuable knowledge of the work Capgemini does to help our clients achieve propelling results and also more specifically what my role within Insights and Data entails. I am also hoping that students have took away with them from my presentation, the understanding of how to demonstrate commercial awareness in both online applications and interviews.

When you were studying at Brunel and you attended this, what did you get from these sessions and how did it help you to get to where you are?

In particular, these sessions helped with developing my understanding of how mathematics is applied to the role of the speaker as well as obtaining valuable application advice. One piece of application advice I learnt to master was articulating my rationale for wanting to join a company as well as my rationale for applying for a specific role in a clear and concise manner.

What advice would you give to students in their final year looking for graduate positions?

My advice would be to keep all organised. It’s almost certain you will have multiple application processes overlapping as well as having to juggle your final year work. I would recommend keeping a daily ‘to-do’ list. At the start of the day prioritise your actions and at the end of the day review them and plan for the following day. It may also be necessary to carry-over any actions to the next day.

In addition, I would advise that students show professionalism at all times and reflect the company culture in which they are applying for. Nowadays your interaction with prospective employers extends beyond your online application and interviews. This means being clear and concise in e-mails as well as demonstrating a professional telephone manner and social media presense. 

Finally, learn from your experiences. Use rejections to your benefit by reviewing feedback from assessors. Experience is a valuable asset.