Being a Professional Mathematician

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Jay Jobanputra

"A mathematician will always stand out"

One of a series of interviews with professional mathematicians

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Jay Jobanputra

Jay Jobanputra talks about his career as a mathematician in the investment banking sector in the UK and abroad. He now works part-time in order to have time to develop an educational product to motivate children at a critical time in their mathematical education.

He talks about:

  • his career (at time 0:09)
  • mathematics in the financial sector (0:30)
  • the value of qualifications and credentials (1:34)
  • what “mathematician” means in the City (1:51)
  • the value of mathematics (2:20)
  • the culture of financial organisations (2:54)
  • support for one’s career (3:59)
  • the importance of networking and upskilling (4:25)
  • professional bodies (5:06)
  • obstacles facing mathematicians in the financial sector (5:36)
  • his outside interest in mathematics education (6:48)
  • what a mathematician offers to employers in the financial sector (8:16)

Jay Jobanputra's educational website is at

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This project was supported by the MSOR Network, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and the Universities of Greenwich and Birmingham as part of the National HE STEM Programme and was completed in May 2012. 

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