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Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by JARUSHUB: 5:22pm On May 25, 2018
Uchechi Moses


It is not a new thing anymore that you can work in various industries without studying the basic course required for the industry. Unless for specialised professions like Medicine, Law, Engineering, Law etc. Those disciplines and few others require you should the basic degree in the profession before practising. However, there are myriad of others where you do not have to study the course before practising. For instance, you can become an accountant without studying accounting. Ditto being a computer programmer without studying Computer Science. There are many others.

The business nay corporate environment requires graduates with the necessary cognitive abilities, creative thinking and a strong work ethic. These are not studied as courses in tertiary institutions. However, these characteristics can be found across disciplines. What does this imply? It does not matter if your first degree was in Biotechnology, you can work in a professional services such as PwC. With a degree in English and Literary Studies, you can work in the bank. Even with an engineering degree, you can work in a consulting firm and so on. You must not work in the industry related to your first degree. You can work anywhere you desire provided you fulfil the requirements of the role. Tertiary education teaches you how to become a well-rounded thinker. And with this, you can learn from any course and fit in any industry.

However, statistics have shown that the best and high paying jobs are in fields that are quantitative. That is, these fields require people who are numerate and comfortable with numbers. What this means is that: For you to get a job in such industries, you need to have at least an average understanding of mathematics. From being an aerospace engineer to an investment banker to computer scientist to a quant working in high-tech to artificial intelligence engineers to the geologist working in an oil field in the Arabian Desert. The highest paying jobs have one thing in common: You must know mathematics. Not knowing it reduces your chances of earning a good amount. Unless you have skills of a top athlete or entertainer, both which are rare. However, not everyone can be a Tiwa Savage o Mikel Obi.

The Nigerian labour market has become extremely competitive in the last few years (it has always been, but has just gotten extreme). The best jobs are domiciled in few industries and tend to require a numerate background to get them. One instance is in aptitude tests. Aptitude tests do not test your knowledge of what you studied, rather it tests your aptitude. And these tests, ranging from Dragnet’s organised tests to SHL to TalentQ to the PST or Saville, have quantitative sections or popularly known as numerical reasoning. Although, McKinsey’s PST requires logic not mathematics to scale through the test, logic is maths. Other notable sections include verbal and abstract reasoning. For an individual aspiring to get a good job, you must pass any aptitude test before going to the next stage. Guess what? The test assesses your numerical reasoning. You might say what about the verbal and abstract reasoning? Both are answered using logic, which is related to mathematics. What this implies is that you are likely to lose out of the competition for good jobs not because you are not qualified, but because you do not know mathematics. When I mean mathematics, I mean the basics. Talk about ratios, percentages, fractions, simple and compound interest etc. Which is why engineering graduates tend to surpass this stage due to the analytical knowledge acquired over the years. Also, not forgetting fellows from the pure sciences (Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics).

Note: Biology does not teach you mathematics. At most, biostatistics which is very minimal in mathematical pedagogy.

It is easier for a first class graduate of physics to get a job in McKinsey and Company than a counterpart from Sociology. Why? Physics is a numerate discipline and the knowledge aids the physics fellow to scale through the PST. Same applies across other firms in good paying industries

Finally, it is important for current students, job-seekers and even those in secondary schools to have a good grasp of mathematics. As this knowledge, no matter how little, will aid them during job search and career. Do not hate mathematics, your future lies in it.


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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by dejt4u(m): 8:57pm On May 25, 2018
great piece

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by Nobody: 9:05pm On May 25, 2018
I'll not be surprised to hear from lala, that one needs mathematics to be a moderator on Nairaland...
Because I need a job from bros Seun ooo...


See how he's investigating the post self! Chai.... grin

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by BlackHatNaija: 9:05pm On May 25, 2018
Enlightening piece!
I tell you mathematics is applied in almost every field. Even the most popular demand of computer literacy before applying for a job requires the knowledge of maths.

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by lilfreezy: 9:05pm On May 25, 2018
But buhari no know maths o undecided

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by Jeezuzpick(m): 9:07pm On May 25, 2018
Learn Microsoft Excel to expert level.

Trust me, this will cover you to a huge extent.

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by Nobody: 9:08pm On May 25, 2018
Absolutely right.

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by HeyCorleone(m): 9:08pm On May 25, 2018
Mathematics as a field, subject or what have you is overrated.
Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by Essentials1(m): 9:08pm On May 25, 2018
Nice one the job market is getting more competitive by the minute and the impending danger that robots are going to steal our jobs hunts us

agreed

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by swhiss: 9:09pm On May 25, 2018
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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by Dutchey(m): 9:11pm On May 25, 2018
if u like knw maths more than anyone, without English, its nothing... who maths EPP? I REP ENGLISH

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by shankara7: 9:11pm On May 25, 2018
Mathematics is the easiest major in the world.

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by okonja(m): 9:13pm On May 25, 2018
Yeah, B.Sc. Mathematics no be beans cheesy

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by Nobody: 9:15pm On May 25, 2018
I agree with you.
But how about being a Politician or a Pastor? They afford good money with less or No Mathematics.

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by Uyi168(m): 9:17pm On May 25, 2018
lilfreezy:
But buhari no know maths o undecided
..Buhari na person?

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by dyangprof(m): 9:18pm On May 25, 2018
Mathematics is the Queen of all subjects, while English is also the the King of all subjects

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by CAPSLOCKED: 9:22pm On May 25, 2018

ME TRYING TO DO MATHS...

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by plessis: 9:30pm On May 25, 2018
Bullsheet....

If you're looking to learn arithmetics or calculus for the sake of making money or looking for white collar jobs in the financial world, I'm sorry to bust your bubble....you're only deceiving yourself......


If you're not doing mathematics for the sake of it's purity i.e doing it to create new theorems, lemmas,conjectures, hypothesis etc in fields of pure mathematics, you're only deceiving yourself because you'll never understand what it feels like to do Maths......

Constructing your own proofs is as good as having an orgasm.....even a better feeling than making money....



PS: if you're a pure mathematician reading this, I want you to know that I respect you even though I don't know you....

PPS: i wasn't referring to applied mathematicians or statisticians..... Y'all should fvck yourselves.....

PPPS: and also the engineers....go fvck yourselves too....if you can't fvck yourselves, fvck the statisticians grin

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by jchioma: 9:30pm On May 25, 2018
I don't know, I have never been a fan of maths. It's boring and nerve cracking. undecided

But, at least I can try with the basics; addition, subtraction, division, average, percentage, etc. cheesy

Maybe, I need to revive a zeal for maths, since I have seen its importance in the real world of work.
Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by AndriaRich(m): 9:30pm On May 25, 2018
I like maths...
But i no sabi...
How about that?

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by T4kbaba(m): 9:32pm On May 25, 2018
Fantastic!
Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by peacesamuel94(m): 9:41pm On May 25, 2018
AndriaRich:
I like maths... But i no sabi... How about that?

Dyscalculia.
Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by Hotfreeze: 9:43pm On May 25, 2018
Your post is only correct for the numerate fields.

Get a Masters in Development, learn MS Excel and learn small Hausa and you'll get better job than all these ones you stated above. NGOs are looking for people with Masters in development and you're telling me about mathematics.

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by lincs25(m): 9:44pm On May 25, 2018
If you want know maths like Cheukwu Obi without proficient computer skills you are finished. now that the industries are computer centric.
Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by plessis: 9:44pm On May 25, 2018
okonja:
Yeah, B.Sc. Mathematics no be beans cheesy
I greet you isomorphically
Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by Witnes: 9:51pm On May 25, 2018
I tried my best power to love mathematics but unluckily, it's not cooperating with me. It makes me sweat and crack my head so much.

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by Mryacks(m): 9:52pm On May 25, 2018
Your write up is so on point. A couple of years ago I missed out on a fantastic Job offer in Abuja after the aptitude test because of this same point you raised...

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by sangresan(m): 9:54pm On May 25, 2018
Dutchey:
if u like knw maths more than anyone, without English, its nothing... who maths EPP? I REP ENGLISH

Wetin this one dey talk?
Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by sangresan(m): 9:56pm On May 25, 2018
dyangprof:
Mathematics is the Queen of all subjects, while English is also the the King of all subjects

Kindergarten postulations...

So, English is the king of subjects to the Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, and Russians..?

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by Gerrard59(m): 9:59pm On May 25, 2018
Hotfreeze:
Your post is only correct for the numerate fields.

Get a Masters in Development, learn MS Excel and learn small Hausa and you'll get better job than all these ones you stated above. NGOs are looking for people with Masters in development and you're telling me about mathematics.


And that's where the vast majority of graduate jobs are domiciled. How many fresh graduates can be absorbed by developmental agencies compared to banks? How many of these graduates possess an MSc? And yet again, mathematics is important because the high paying roles in these NGOs are mainly project management, finance and advanced administrative roles. What do they have in common? An understanding of mathematics!

The author is on point!

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Re: Getting Good Jobs: Why You Should Learn Mathematics by IamaNigerianGuy(m): 10:09pm On May 25, 2018
Mathematics is where the action is.

Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Finance, Advanced Programming, Consulting, Data Science etc

Ignore the Queen of the Sciences at your peril.

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