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September 1st, 2015, 01:06 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Sep 2015 From: England Posts: 3 Thanks: 0  What software should I learn how to use?
Hi guys thanks for taking the time to read this. I'm about to embark on my second year of study in a Bsc Mathematics degree. I am thinking about learning how to use a computer program with the intention of helping my prospects when looking for jobs. I want to know what program would allow me to keep my options open the most in terms of what specific sector of work I can go into as I'm still unsure what I would like to do. My University course doesn't really use much except a little bit of Excel, Mathematica and Geogebra. I have been told that programs such as Python or Matlab are good ones to go about learning. Does anyone have any advice on this matter? 
September 1st, 2015, 01:22 AM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 16,368 Thanks: 1172 
Do you have any idea yet what kind of jobs you would like to do?

September 1st, 2015, 01:47 AM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Sep 2015 From: England Posts: 3 Thanks: 0  To be honest, any job I can get that's within the Mathematics sector. Statistition, data analyst... I really don't know at the moment. I don't know how much choice I would really have considering the competitive nature of these jobs. I've been told to apply to as many jobs as I can once I graduate and to expect next to no feedback. I was wondering if learning how to use some kind of computer program like this would be likely to improve my chances of employment.
Last edited by skipjack; September 2nd, 2015 at 02:26 PM. 
September 1st, 2015, 05:34 AM  #4 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 932 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms 
I think it's worthwhile learning to code, even if you don't work as a programmer.

September 2nd, 2015, 01:40 PM  #5 
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September 8th, 2015, 10:35 AM  #6 
Math Team Joined: Jan 2015 From: Alabama Posts: 2,243 Thanks: 559 
More and more people, including employers, expect people to be able to program. There are always some ways to use computer programs to check math concepts. But what language you use is likely to depend upon your employers choice. Learning the concepts of programming is far more important, such as loops, structures, "Object Oriented Programming" than any specific language.


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