Jade Chynoweth
Dartmoor 157482635
Plymouth from the air

“Plymouth and the surrounding area, in my opinion, is one of the best places to live in the UK with beaches and Dartmoor less than an hour's drive away but Plymouth still maintains the excitement of city life – it’s the best of both worlds!”

View of Saltash, Cornwall from Plymouth, Devon across the River Tamar
University of Plymouth Student Life Magazine issue 6
Plymouth sunset

Going the distance

“The summer before graduation, I started a job in Medical Statistics within the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences at the University of Plymouth. I did not have much of a break after finishing my studies but this did not bother me, as I was keen to start my career.

I had the opportunity to study for an MSc in Statistics with Medical applications part-time by distance learning whilst working which enabled me to put the skills I learned into practice.”

There are very many job opportunities for statisticians. Google’s Chief Economist said that “I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians.“ Statistics is applicable to almost every field, which is why a famous statistician also said "The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone's backyard."  

The most difficult...

“The most difficult thing I have faced in my career is presenting in front of people – whether it is a talk about my career path in front of a 100 students or presenting results from a statistical analysis in front of 10 colleagues. I am getting more comfortable with this.”

The most exciting...

“The most exciting thing about my career is that each project I work on is different and needs a different statistical analysis. Also, medical statistics can range from analysing data from drug trials to food frequency questionnaires!”

Maths students doing equations on a clear board

Summing up

“When I started studying at the University of Plymouth, I enrolled on the mathematics degree as statistics did not interest me. 

However, the standard of teaching at the University of Plymouth broadened my skills and interests so careers within statistics started to become an option for me. 

In my second year, I switched to a mathematics and statistics degree so I could do the medical statistics module, due to my strong interest in applying my skills in a health setting.”

“My favourite memory is revising with my friends in the library every day in the run-up to my final year exams!”

Jade's advice

“I would advise doing an MSc in statistics to get you up to speed with the statistical techniques used and to put you in a better place to be able to work – not just in medical statistics – but any application of statistics that interests you whether it is medical, sports or financial statistics.

If you can, do a placement year or at least a summer placement. This will really expand your skill set and pan out your CV when applying for jobs, giving you the edge over other candidates. It will also give you a taster of what life after university will be like and whether that job is really right for you.”

students on placement
Mathematics students with board and iPad mini