David Jones

"I chose Mathematics as it was my strongest subject and believed I could apply this degree to a wide range of careers. Whilst looking for possible universities I visited University of Plymouth on an open day. It was at one of these open days when I finally decided on Plymouth. I instantly fell in love with the scenery and the fact it was only a few minutes’ walk from the sea was an added bonus!

During the three years of the degree I had no ideas or aspirations for any particular job. It was only during my final year that I decided that I should start thinking of what to do when I graduate. I started to apply for various graduate schemes but had no luck, I was still only thinking of completing my degree. 

It was after I had completed my final exams when I received an email from one of my lecturers concerning a graduate job based abroad. It was a job which was advertised for maths graduates with an interest in sport. I felt as though this was perfect! I emailed the company my CV, had an interview and then was offered the job! All this was during the course of three weeks. 

I am now living in Spain, and am working in Gibraltar for an online betting company called Betvictor, formally known as Victor Chandler. It is a graduate scheme where I am trained in various departments of the company, primarily the sports trading department. I am using the knowledge gained in my mathematics degree every day whilst setting up the odds for a particular tennis, football, rugby or even Korean basketball match! I also use a lot of maths when writing up the statistics at the end of each game. 

Without the mathematics degree I would never have been able to do this job, and without University of Plymouth I would never have known this job existed!"