Young people who enjoy studying maths and know about O.R. might like to consider a career in the profession and need to know how to go about it.
O.R. practitioners apply their skills of incisive analysis and numeracy to real world problems. Now, more than ever before, the public and private sectors require the involvement of those who can approach highly complex problems in a systematic, creative and pragmatic manner.
Many of the techniques that OR has developed through the last few decades have been absorbed into standard management practice.
O.R. has moved on to newer challenges supported by ever-improving technology and the track record of earlier achievements.
O.R. is an evolving discipline - because the world is ever changing. Over the years, OR has firmly embedded itself in a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, transport, retailing, marketing, the financial and service sectors as well as local and central government.
Because the skills required to undertake good O.R. - an analytical mind with an action orientation and sound people skills - are precisely what are needed in all successful managers, O.R. is a significant recruiting ground for senior management talent.
Careers in O.R. aims to offer a flavour of some of the varied career opportunities that are available to O.R. people.
If you would like to find out more about the different kind of careers that the study of mathematics can lead to then visit the mathscareers website. It is a resource that provides a single starting point for those wishing to know where studying mathematics can lead. You will find a wealth of articles and resources that could help inspire your students to continue studying mathematics. The website has a particular focus on young people between the age of 11 and 19.