# Careers In Mathematics (CIM) & Research In Mathematics (RIM)

Mathematics is traditionally known as a challenging subject and there are different layers of the stigma around it. One of which is the saying that **“mathematics does not have jobs”** and this, on its own, discourages learners to pursue mathematics as a career option. A natural way of dealing with this specific problem is to “show and tell”. Thus, when conducting the **“Careers in Mathematics”** talks, we invite mathematicians and other professional which are associated with mathematics from various sectors to share with learners, teachers and the **community at large** about their careers.

We usually invite **mathematicians who are academics and industry-based mathematician**. Further, we invite professionals whose careers are partially or fully dependent on mathematics **(for example; computer scientists & engineers)** and professional whose careers are gate kept (at least at matric or exit level of high school) by mathematics **(for example; Doctors and CA’s etc.)**. They share the importance of mathematics in their chosen occupations. The “Careers in Mathematics” programme used to be done on physical basis^{1} in the sense that we would group schools **(and surrounding community members)** in a certain **rural/location** to a central venue and invite speakers over. **Hence drawing the public’s attention to mathematics as a career option.**

With the **shortage of academic mathematicians**, especially from rural areas and locations, we hope that this awareness programme will yield good results in a long-run; for example, **increase the mathematics university enrolment** and therefore **increase the throughput of mathematics graduates from the aforementioned backgrounds.** The vision is that, in the process, this will ameliorate the problem of underrepresentation of the academic mathematicians from the specified group. Moreover, we will have more industry-based **mathematicians who are taking part in the practical advancement/utilisation of technology**, making a contribution towards the revolution that seems to appreciate the creation of new technology at a fast rate. Therefore, this project ultimately feeds into both the advancement of mathematics and into advancement of humans’ day-to-day lives. Under **“Research In Mathematics”** (RIM) we speak to researchers (postgraduate student and academics) in mathematics and surrounding areas. In layman’s term, they tell us about their research and its significance to mathematics and/or in real life. Again, we hope that this should at very least bring awareness about mathematics research and therefore answer the famous question **“what is there to research about in mathematics?”**. A slightly bigger picture about this part of the programme is the **popularisation of mathematics and the academic path as a career** thereof.

^{1}With the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the programme online. We usually have conversations with mathematicians & mathematics-associated professionals via website Here and following planforms:

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