I first became interested in Mathematics 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, but as time has progressed it has become important to prioritize. I am not a full time student; I work in a finance job in London which regularly has 60 hour weeks, more in bad batches. There are of course 168 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 university loading of 50% of a full time MSc per annum, 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 still require some financial and many personal sacrifices, but these should be inconsequential to anyone committed enough.
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 something employable.
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 first job.
2017 – Certificate of Higher Education, The Open University, Level 1 and 2 content of the Open University. Keeping the mind sharp.
Dec 2017 – CFA Institute – Level 1, A further professional examination required by my employment.
2019/21 – MSc Statistics with Financial Mathematics, The University of Sheffield, A part time MSc, studied at distance over two years.
All comments made on this blog are made in a personal capacity and are not the views of any professional body or organisation to which I am a member or an employee.