I lead a double life, working in a full time finance job in London alongside studying a second degree in applied mathematics and physics.
I have always been attracted to mathematics, a theme that has remained reasonably constant throughout my life. Mathematics however is unacceptably vague given the broad and ever increasing horizons of the subject. I first became interested through reasonably pure applications (real analysis, coding theory, algebra) but have gradually become attracted to more applied studies. This isn’t to say I don’t still enjoy both, I think that some of the most interesting discoveries come from transitioning pure mathematics to applied settings.
I am not a full time student by any stretch, I work in a finance job in London which regularly has 60 hour weeks, and in bad patches 80-100 hour weeks. There are of course 268 hours in a week, and I use the remaining for sleep, exercise, this blog, family, my relationship and study – in no particular order. I currently have a loading equivalent to 75% of a full year at university, which means my posts on here will be more sporadic than I would like.
If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to get in touch. I only write about things I know, so to the extent that your question relates to anything I have written I should be able to answer. I am also quite willing to talk with anyone who like me, feels they wish to juggle the demands of full time career with studying. This is more than possible today, and allows you to enjoy the benefits of a stable income, alongside the joy that learning things bring. It does require financial and personal sacrifices, but these should be inconsequential to anyone truly committed to this path.
I have laid out a reasonably detailed study timeline below, which details my experience to date, if anyone is interested.
2009 – 2012 – BSc Mathematics and Economics, University of Leeds, full time degree studied with the aim of combining my love for mathematics with the joys of something that would assist me in getting a job.
2012 – 2015 – ACA, Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales, a professional qualification which allows me to call myself a Chartered Accountant, required by my degree. It was during this time it became clear that my education was far from complete.
2016 – BSc Mathematics and Physics, The Open University, Level 1 content of the Open University taken. Ideally I would have progressed straight to Masters level, however my applied mathematical content was lacking due to my previous pure mathematical background.
2017 – BSc Mathematics and Physics, The Open University, 50% of Level 2 content studied. Rate is slower than I would have liked, but I have a full time job on the side which requires significant time commitment.
2018 – CFA Institute – Level 1, A further professional examination required by my employment. With a 300 hour study commitment and a full time job, a painful break was required from study.
2018/19 – BSc Mathematics and Physics, The Open University, Currently studying all second year Physics content, along with third year content in Complex Analysis.
2019/20 – BSc Mathematics and Physics, The Open University, Completion of undergraduate physics and mathematics content, with modules in fluid mechanics, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism and Special Relativity.
Beyond – Currently unknown, but likely to involve either a Masters or PhD, all done part time.
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