Careers with STEM: Maths 2018

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Why study maths? You might be surprised where maths turns up and the jobs you need it for

Algebra in animation How? Animato

rs use applied maths to find unknowns from a simple set of equations. You ne ed linear algebra for actions suc h as resizing, rotating and shifting ob jects. What? Uni-level algeb ra, trigonometr y, geometr y, linear algebra and calculus I and II.

Social media + algorithms How? You know how social media ‘remembers’ what you’ve liked before and ‘suggests’ stuff, or decides what you see? That’s done by algorithms, which are all maths. What? Deep breaths, now — complex network theory, graph structure, nodes, clusters, powerlaw, weakly connected component, degree distributions, scale-free network and eccentricity.


Where? Social media companies. Also anywhere that uses social media for brand and marketing.

Where? Obviously, Dis ney and Pixar. But also TV pro gramming, game development, we b animation, adver tising, research, educating and training (across lot s of fields).

How? Yes, just like on TV shows, bloodstain analysis can reveal important details about violent crimes. And it’s maths that gives forensic analysts the tools to work out those details. What? Uni-level algebra, trigonometry, geometry, statistics and calculus I and II. Where? Too many places to list — but they include police, shops, government departments, legal firms and insurance agencies.

Geometry in fashion

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How? International aid maths to organisations rely on to do the work out how and where a limited s most good. When there’ re amount of money to sha portant. around, this is super im statistics. What? Data analysis, and Where? Aid agencies airs offices. aff n government foreig

How? Creating patterns from designs takes maths — and so does making a range of sizes, plus working out fabric requirements and garment cost (how much they cost to make and how much you need to sell them for). What? A good grasp of high school algebra and geometry. Most fashion courses won’t have set requirements, but being comfortable with the maths makes it a whole lot easier. Where? Fashion stores and designer studios.

High-level maths in AI How?

Seen Sophia, the huma noid robot that’s appeared on TV ? Machine learning is set ting up computer systems to ‘learn’ (get better at things) by using data instead of being programmed for each task. Maths is essential to the development of better AI (ar tificial int elligence). What? Uni-level algeb ra, linear algebra, trigonometr y, statistic s and calculus. Where? Tech companie s, law offices, car manufacturers, he alth and anywhere that would benefit fro m their computer systems being able to learn from data.


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MOSTLY A’s MATHS+MEDIA&MARKETING p24 Try as you might to avoid it, maths is going to help you in your creative career. You could be devising social strategy and crunching numbers of successful results, or ensuring your next great creative idea follows market trends.

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A: English



Maths and defence go hand-in-hand with careers in cybersecurity or strategy. You’ll be using maths and tech to innovate the ways we protect our borders and defend from new-age cyberthreats.

C: Geography D: Science E: Maths

MOSTLY C’s MATHS+BE GLOBAL p18 &CAREERS WITH ECONOMICS flip p3 Want to travel the world and get paid for it? You can, with a career in maths. You could work in conservation or humanitarianism by tracking and managing population health and wellbeing. Or find your place in economics, or even politics!

MOSTLY D’s MATHS+FUTURE SOCIETY p10 You’ll be using maths to invent new ways to advance our technological capabilities. Will you invent a robot companion, or market a new social network to rival Facebook and Instagram? The future will be decided by you.

#7 What are you doing this weekend? A: Scrolling through Instagram


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You’ve got the finance savvy needed to make businesses boom. With maths, you could be reinventing the way we pay through cryptocurrencies, or managing a successful start-up.

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laire Naughtin’s job uses maths to predict the future. As a member of the Insight team at Data61, a digital research network set up by national research organisation CSIRO, Claire’s role is to spot patterns in complex data. “Using data and evidence, I try to understand what trends might emerge in areas like the job market, education and the economy,” she says. Claire loves the logic of maths, which feeds into her work helping people make better decisions. “Sometimes the reasons behind changes in the world are unclear. To find out, we need strong data, built on a range of simple and advanced mathematical techniques.”


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orget about your horoscope — the best tool for predicting the future is maths. “Mathematics and statistics are the fundamental language of research,” says Dr Jono Tuke, a statistics lecturer at the University of Adelaide. “At a deep level, you’re looking for patterns.” Jono (right) and his maths mate Professor Matthew Roughan are members of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers, which brings together researchers from universities, government and industry. They are researching how to design large networks to be efficient and reliable — that's just one example of how optimisation will play a big role in building the future. For both Matthew and Jono, working with people from other disciplines is key to solving future problems. “The thing about the University of Adelaide is that it’s a major hub in a network of connections,” says Jono. “If a student is into biology and computer science, or politics, I’ll know just the person to talk to.” – Chloe Walker TO GET THERE:

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r Lamiae Azizi, lecturer in statistics at The University of Sydney, isn’t your average mathematician. This bubbly lady is an applied mathematician who teaches statistics, which even successful students still find difficult. She says the key to getting your head around maths is in accepting that you just might not get every single detail. “I think some people drop maths very quickly because they get stuck on the idea that mathematics is too hard,” Lamiae says. “We tell students to stop focusing on memorising the formulas, instead we get them to think about how these can be used in many exciting real-world applications and sectors.” Mathematical sciences focus not only on solving equations but also on formulating the framework needed to solve big-picture issues in various applications, such as machine learning. Lamiae has worked with biologists in the genomics field to work towards a cure for cancer, for example, and with engineers to build robots that learn. “If you want to be saving the world or changing the world, maths is the way to do it,” says Lamiae. – Eliza Brockwell


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Finding the right fit The world needs more problem-solvers, just like Dr Sophie Ca labretto, a lecturer at Macquarie Universit y in Sydney


rom an early age, Soph ie Calabret to was interested in just abou t everything “When I wa s really little, I wanted to be an Olympic sprinter or marine biologist,” she laughs. Sophie settled on the ide a of being an astrophys icist but discovered it wasn’ t quite the right fit. “It wa sn’ t necessarily the physics I was interested in – it wa s the maths behind it,” she says. She switched to a degre e in mathematical scien ces at The University of Ad elaide and felt right at ho me . Now, Sophie’s a fluid me chanist and lecturer in applied mathematics at Macquarie Universi ty. So, what’s a fluid mechan ist? In a nutshell, she spends her days understandin g the way fluids (both gases and liquids) move and behave. Creating the super-fas t planes of the future relies on understanding how air moves around the air craft. Unstable air flowing ove r the wings creates turbulence, increasing the drag on the plane. To overcome this, planes must burn more fuel. If this increased drag didn’t occur, that extra fuel cou ld be used to make the plane fly faster or travel fur the r. Fluid mechanics helps us understand how to con trol this turbulence and so reduce drag. But aerodynamics is jus t one of the unexpected areas you can impact wit h a career in maths. You can also use applied maths to understand and pre ven t infectious diseases or to predict weather patte rns and the effect s of clim ate change. “No one rea lly knows what mathema ticians do, because ma ths isn't seen as a career option,” Sophie says. When you get right do wn to it, maths equals problem-solving. That’ s what Sophie loves. “Do as much maths as possible,” she advises. “Because when you’re learning maths techniqu es, you’re learning so many other skills. Look at the information you have, assess it and problemsolve your way out of it.” – Eli za Brockwell Bachelor of Ar Science, the Univets/ rsity of Adelaide

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Three maths-minded women share their insights on entrepreneurship and careers in finance, fintech, commerce and beyond


g the data and r Carla Harris was leadin rkplace Gender research team at the Wo she had a lightbulb Equa lity Agency when ecially women, moment. Most people, esp at y for retirement. But wh don’t save enough mone made it easier? if there were a tool that le t how we could help peop “I started thinking abou ng lisi rea ut erannuation witho stick money into their sup a ide the s. She came up with they’re doing it,” Carla say s money, a every time a user spend for the Longevity app — super fund ir and deposited into the micropayment is tallied . as a lump sum each month ild years — you can rea lly bu 40 “Imagine doing that for s. your super fund,” she say r business, ilar insight that led to he Monica Wulff had a sim stralian Au of s working on surveys Startup Muster. She wa en she wh s tic an Bureau of Statis businesses at the Australi much g tin get ment agency wasn’t rea lised that the govern stage businesses. helpful data about early, their needs these start-ups are doing “Without knowing what derstanding un no e in, you really have and what industries they’r s. “This say she y,” l of this communit of the size and the potentia ntry.” cou the of the economic future kind of data is essential to ta da d an s ground in statistic For both women, a back and business sta g rt-ups in the fintech analysis led to launchin numbers, d un finance revolves aro sectors. But the world of ge. nta va ds are a definite ad so maths skills of all kin SW. She’s elor of Commerce at UN Sue Xue studied a Bach n chain of lto Hi t accountant for the worked as a managemen ma ker the ey, igl cia l analyst for Wr hotels and is now a finan ell of sm e (Th m. d Extra chewing gu of Starburst, Skittles an a.) are y tor her desk from the fac gum often wafts across d loss numbers in the profit an “My role is to analyse the e says. Su ,” ges an nations for any ch statement and find expla ing son rea d an t the interpretation “It’s on ly basic maths, bu rtant.” behind it are rea lly impo and sts are in high demand, aly Financia l and data an up the ing ak sh such as blockchain, with new technologies, on pti cry en d th strong coding an industry, candidates wi h. The tec fin in s to interesting career skills can look for ward , and ing olv ev s ay payments are alw systems used to process of s lot an me the banking sector technological changes in r lke Wa loe with IT skills. – Ch opportunities for those



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here was no uncer tainty in Sophia Guo’s strength s at school. “I always en joyed subjects where there was a challenge: proble m-solving and anything that involved logical thinking !” she says. Turning tha t into a degree was easy – she did a Bachelor of Comm erce/ Science majoring in fin ance and statistics at UNSW. Narrowing those skills down to a single caree r? Not so simple. She spied the opportunit y on campu s to join CommBank’s grad pro gram, which gave her a taste for workplace life, applying her strengths in dif fer ent departments and unde rstanding how the bank works as a whole. She got to try a few dif ferent roles, wo rking in areas such as credit ris k to make sure custome rs weren’t taking on loans they couldn’t afford. Sh e says it was a great way to me et people, make new frie nds and find mentors with inspiring career trajec tories. “I think the grad progra m is a really great opportunit y for anyon e who’s unsure where they want to go. CommBank has so many opportunities so it was a good career path for me,” she says. Sophia’s now using the problem-solving skills she loved in maths, along with communication ski lls, in her role in analy tics strate gy. Her team is responsi ble for coordinating data analy tic activities across CommBank, both analy sis of internal data (pr ocess efficiency, cost trends, etc) and customer data (to assist customers with their financial wellbein g). “Maths is more than jus t getting the answers correct, there are a lot of skills in it for future roles – not just maths or data and analy tic-related car eers. You could work in strate gy like me!” – Eliza Bro ckwell Bachelor of Commerce and Science, UNSW

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rowing up in the country town of Tamworth, Benson Saulo never thought banking would be the right job for him. “You didn’t see Aboriginal people working in the bank,” says Benson. “I didn’t perceive it to be my world.” Benson was even considering dropping maths until his Year 10 teacher suggested he apply for a traineeship at ANZ bank. He soon discovered that banking careers are much more diverse than he’d realised. Senior maths was essential for his traineeship, which included a Certificate III in Financial Services. After high school, Benson worked in ANZ’s foreign-exchange services, which, he says, “planted the first idea about being a global citizen”. In fact, Benson is so focused on global responsibility that he spoke at the United Nations General Assembly as Australian Youth Representative in 2011. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, he also founded the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy, which develops youth-led social action campaigns. Benson had never considered finance a tool for social good, until he attended a global economics conference in Switzerland in 2015 called the St Gallen Symposium There, he had a stroke of genius: what tools could help people bounce back from financial hardship? Working with financial services provider Good Shepherd Microfinance, he helped bring together 10 companies to promote financial inclusion in the community. Benson now works at one of those organisations — Australian Unity, a provider of national healthcare, financial services and aged care — where he heads Community Strategy. The key to his success? Financial expertise, which helps him track spending in areas that support diversity. Benson says maths helps him analyse and understand the data, showing how the business is performing and how people’s lives are impacted. Benson finds it incredibly rewarding using finance as “a tool to uplift and build capabilities in people”. – Larissa Fedunik-Hofman



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ideo-game programming has always involved a lot of maths. Perfecting the arc of a leaping character or speeding car requires a knowledge of physics, and maths is at the heart all of the coding languages developers use to build games. But veteran games industry recruiter Bronwynn Lusted has noticed another maths trend emerging in the games industry — analysing player behaviour. Many of the jobs being listed through her recruitment company, Conkerberry, call for data analysis skills. “They want to know how to get people started on the games, and how long they’ll stay,” says Bronwynn. “If people are dropping off after five minutes, the data analyst works closely with the designers to find out what’s happening. There’s a lot of to-and-fro between the design crew and the data analysts.” Opportunities for people with skills in maths and statistics in the media, marketing and creative industries are increasing all the time. The rise of big data means companies everywhere are keen to hire people who can analyse their customer information and provide insights that will improve their marketing strategies. Mike Robins is the co-founder of Snowflake Analytics, a company which helps businesses manage the flow of data coming from their customers and turn it into something useful. Clients include online fashion store The Iconic, Fairfax Media and the ABC. Snowflake Analytics' media clients want to know how their content is mike robins performing — how far down the page do people read? What do they click on next? Marketing and media are no longer just about coming up with catchy taglines to sell products — maths skills are now in the spotlight. – Chloe Walker

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