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Know Your Skills

You’ve already got skills!

While working towards your degree you will develop skills inside and outside the classroom that will attract the attention of employers and help you achieve your future goals. Knowing what your skills are is the first step.

Math Skills & Knowledge

 Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Provide a core foundation across a broad range of mathematical disciplines, including Analysis, Algebra, Probability and Statistics
  • Learn and understand definitions and the importance of fundamental concepts such as assets, functions, vector spaces, and limits
  • Master the fundamentals of abstract logical reasoning including “if and only if” statements, converse, contrapositive, negation, and universal quantifiers
  • Learn and apply techniques for deduction to be able to prove and disprove mathematical statements and conjectures, including direct application of axioms, proof by contradiction and induction
  • Build upon previously studied concepts and ideas in order to generalize and for further understanding
  • Learn methodologies for solving various types of mathematical problems with emphasis on their limitations and understanding of the underlying concepts
  • Perform computations accurately and relate them back to theory
  • Learn about and master versatile mathematical and statistical software tools
  • Communicate mathematical concepts and research to professors and peers in a clear, concise and rigorous manner

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are a core set of skills and personal attributes that you can develop almost anywhere! They allow you to be adaptable and to succeed in virtually any work or school environment, as well as in everyday life. As a Carleton student, you are already gaining these valuable skills when you study, work at a Co-op or part-time job, volunteer, complete a practicum, join a club or engage in sports, even when doing group projects.

Here is a list of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. It was developed according to reports and research produced by provincial and federal governments, think tanks, and professional associations. Scroll through to learn more about People, Research & Planning, Thinking, and Personal Skills and to identify the skills you are developing!

Visit the Math website for more resources 

Future Possibilities with a Math Degree

There are many paths and possibilities available to you upon graduation. The path that you choose to take with your degree will be influenced by a number of things: your skills, interests and values, the job market, the people you meet and even chance events!  

Here is a sample of the diverse career paths of recent alumni created using data from LinkedIn. You can also check out career paths of Carleton alumni by visiting LinkedIn. Some positions may require additional education, training and experience.  

  • Coordinator of Auxiliary Services in Healthcare
  • Electronic Technologist in Satellite Communications
  • Technical Support in Software Development
  • Actuarial Analyst in Human Resources Consulting
  • Professional Services Engagement Manager in Telecommunications
  • Sales and Marketing Coordinator in Video and Graphics Hardware
  • Branch Manager in Financial Services
  • Teacher in School Board
  • Operations and Process Improvement Supervisor in IT
  • Demographic Officer in Federal Government
  • IT Analyst in Banking
  • Debug Specialist in Defense Manufacturing
  • GIN Technician in Municipal Government
  • Strategy Analyst in Financial Services
  • Software Engineer in Federal Government

  • Actuarial Sciences
  • Event Management
  • Research
  • Project Management
  • Analytics and Data Services
  • Teaching
  • Business or Financial Analysis
  • Technical Support
  • Consulting
  • Database Administration
  • Financial Services
  • Business Development
  • Risk Management

  • Financial Broker
  • Treasury Manger
  • Project Manager
  • Education Developer
  • Risk Analyst
  • Business System Analyst
  • Mathematician
  • Software Developer
  • Researcher
  • Systems Analyst
  • College Instructor
  • Debugging Specialist
  • Investment Consultant
  • Actuary
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Operations Project Lead
  • Database Technician
  • Data Scientist
  • Business Development Manager
  • Technical Leader

Get Involved, Gain Skills

Getting involved in on- and off-campus activities for pay or as a volunteer helps develop skills, build resumes, construct successful graduate and professional school applications, and will help you to succeed in life after graduation. It will also help you to clarify your interests and strengths.

Within Your Program

Many programs have societies and clubs which provide excellent opportunities for you to get to know your peers and discuss topics related to your degree. Your department may also offer opportunities to get involved in conferences, associations, co-op and practicum placements, events, and research. Your professors are also an invaluable resource.

Visit your department’s office or website to discover events and opportunities for current students.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Co-Curricular Record

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official document of your involvement outside of the classroom.

Search the Co-Curricular Record to find activities that will match your interests and build your employability skills.

Visit the CCR Website 


Step 1 – Connect with Career Services and access numerous resources to:

  • Explore career paths
  • Identify and showcase your skills to increase your employability
  • Strategically look for jobs, volunteer and experiential opportunities

Step 2 – Check out the LinkedIn Students App to:

  • Discover jobs that are a good fit for your degree, see career paths of recent alumni and build your network