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Maths myths busted!

Maths myths busted

Think you know what maths careers are all about? We’re here to set some facts straight

Maths careers are sometimes thought of as being boring or only for people who are super smart. But that’s just not true! Maths can be used in heaps of different careers and industries, and it’s not all about being a mathlete. Here are five maths myths relating to careers that we’re here to bust:

Myth #1: You have to be a maths genius to have a maths career.

Fact: While it’s definitely helpful to be good at maths if you want a maths career, it’s not a requirement. Many maths careers involve using maths concepts and principles to solve real-world problems, and that can be done even if you’re not a maths whiz. What’s more important is having an interest in maths and a willingness to learn and practice.

Myth #2: Maths careers are only found in traditional industries like engineering and finance.

Fact: Maths careers can be found in all kinds of industries, not just traditional ones. Maths is used in fields including marketing, retail, and even video game design. If you have an interest in a particular field, it’s worth exploring whether there are maths-related careers within that industry.

Myth #3: Maths careers are boring.

Fact: Many maths careers involve solving challenging problems and working on cutting-edge projects, and that can be super fun and fulfilling. Plus, maths careers often come with good pay and job security, making them a great choice for those looking for a stable and rewarding career.

Myth #4: Maths careers are only for people who are ‘left-brained’.

Fact: It’s a common myth that people who are good at maths are ‘left-brained’ (logical and analytical) while those who are good at creative subjects are ‘right-brained’ (creative and artistic). But the truth is that everyone uses both sides of their brain, and maths careers can be just as creative and artistic as any other career. Maths can be used to create beautiful patterns and designs, and many maths careers involve using creative thinking to solve problems.

This article was originally published in Careers with STEM: Maths & Data

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