I lead a very busy life, working full time in finance, studying part time and keeping this blog running,
I have always been attracted to mathematics and statistics, 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 with open minds.
I am not a full time student; 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 50% 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 Job.
2017 – Certificate of Higher Education, The Open University, Level 1 and 2 content of the Open University studied. Keeping the mind sharp and whetting the appetite.
Dec 2017 – 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.
2018/2019 – Background studies for upcoming MSc
2019/21 – MSc Statistics with Financial Mathematics, The University of Sheffield, A full 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.