Maria Leijerstam – BSc (Hons) Mathematics Graduate

Current Employer: Multisport Ltd

Current Job Title: Founder & Director

Current Location: Cardiff

“Plymouth was not just a wonderful city where I thrived; the University and my degree gave me the first insight into life and helped me develop into who I am today.”

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

It’s been crazy. I was a Project and Change Manager at BAE Systems, which was followed by Lean Six Sigma consultancy for Ford of Europe, Business Improvement Consultant at Arvin Meritor, and then Head of Business Improvement at Siemens until 2010. I then made a career change and started my own Sports business: Multisport Ltd.

How did studying at Plymouth help you?

Plymouth was not just a wonderful city where I thrived; the University and my degree gave me the first insight into life and helped me develop into who I am today.

How has a degree from Plymouth University influenced your career?

Having a maths degree meant that I was offered many jobs. I’ve also realised that having a maths degree takes care of the first hurdle in the job market: that of being offered an interview.

What is your favourite memory of studying at Plymouth?

I worked really hard but I also played hard. I was a member of the Officer Training Corp in Exeter, so got into military training and Adventure Sports which has lead me on to achieve some World First records and an entrance into the Guinness World Records as the first person to cycle to the South Pole.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University, and why?

Absolutely. Just take a look around. It’s a city on the water’s edge with the moors not far away. The subject options are so diverse at the University, as well; there is something for everyone and there is a great supporting attitude from lecturers.

Is there anything else which you would like to share with our current students?

Be brave and have confidence in yourself to take the first step towards success. Finding happiness in life is the most important, so make sure you choose your route based on happiness and not on others expectation of you. When you are happy you are also successful.

Inspired by this story?

For more information about studying mathematics, please visit our BSc (Hons) Mathematics course page. For more information about our range of courses within the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics, please visit the school page.

Want to find similar alumni?

If you would like to find out what other relevant alumni from the Faculty of Science and Engineering are currently doing, please visit the computing and mathematical sciences interest area.