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Improve Your Career Prospects by Going on a Summer Placement

Typically students of mathematics and the computational sciences have been in placements focused on:
  • Statistical collection and analysis
  • Database implementation
  • Model building.

“…my placement year was a truly valuable experience which gave me essential skills for my future career and has allowed me to concentrate fully on my final year studies after receiving an offer for a job after graduation.”

Mel Albury was placed at the London office of PA Consulting, an international management, systems and technology consultancy. She worked as an Analyst in the Decision Sciences practice and was involved with building Excel and VBA models and tools to clients’ specifications. According to Mel:

“… I have learned so much! It’s great, because my degree is in maths and its applications so this experience means that I get to study part of my course in-depth.”

Education and Learning Wales (ELWa) believes that it is not enough to encourage learning. It therefore gave Carolyn Evans the opportunity to work as an Analyst for the Data Collection team. Carolyn has found the placement to be of great value.

“I wanted to get a better idea of the avenues that would be open to me when I finish my degree… It has been one of the best experiences that I have ever had.”

One of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), gave Ketan Patel a student placement in the statistics department. He worked on a wide variety of projects including randomisation listings for drug studies, implementing a new database system and designing web pages. Ketan took up the placement because:

“I believe my placement to have been a great success and I feel I have benefited greatly from the experience. During the year worked closely with colleagues in my team and established a good working relationship.”

Iwan Jones did his student placement at the Higher Educational Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) as an Analyst helping with data collection and analysis, one off statistical enquiries, and the production of statistics for publications. Iwan says:

“Placements offer an insight into the world of work and a welcome break from student life! The work ethos gained during this time is of immeasurable benefit for the final year, along with a whole host of other transferable skills that most students lack when embarking on their careers.”

Nick Borge worked on a student placement in the International Economic Modelling Branch of Defra (Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs). His contribution consisted mainly of implementing various modelling techniques to solve problems with Excel models, as well as compiling, interpreting, and manipulating data series.

Below are some of the many organisations which regularly offer placements to students because of the benefits both to the employer and the student:

  • AEA Technology Rail, London
  • JMP Consultants, Lichfield
  • National Air Traffic Systems, Southampton
  • Rolls-Royce, Derby
  • CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Energy Research Unit, Didcot
  • CORUS, Port Talbot or Llanwern
  • Baker Tilley (HLB Kidsons), Chester
  • Barclaycard, London Canary Wharf or Northampton
  • Endsleigh, Cheltenham
  • Ernst & Young, London
  • Friends Provident, Salisbury
  • Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS), Cardiff Bay
  • William Mercer, Bristol
  • GSK, Harlow
  • Pfizer, Kent
  • Proctor & Gamble, Weybridge
  • ROCHE, Welwyn Garden City
  • Wyeth, Slough
  • JUBB Consultants, Cardiff
  • PA Consulting, London
  • Defence Analytical Services Agency (DASA), various locations
  • Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), Portsmouth
  • Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS), Llanishen, Cardiff
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), London
  • Department of Health, Leeds or London
  • Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Llanishen, Cardiff
  • HM Revenue & Customs, London or Manchester
  • Home Office, London
  • Ministry of Defence (MOD), Shrivenham or Warminster
  • Office for National Statistics, Newport
  • South East Wales Trials Unit – Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff
  • Welsh Assembly Government (WAG), Cardiff
Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computatuional Sciences