**BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Computer Science, PhD (both University of Auckland)**

In this job I develop casino gaming machines – developing the game mechanics and proving the mathematical game model. I use combinatorial computations in combination with statistics to calculate the expected return to the player of different features of the game. In some cases, the computation requires developing specialised software to analyse the result space of the game.

I like working on projects that require me to think, and projects with a substantial mathematical flavour do just that. Since finishing my PhD, I have worked in a variety of environments that require everyday use of advanced mathematical concepts. That includes optimisation theory for consulting work I did for the tourism industry; automation and algorithms for my work on developing components of an online trading platform; and game theory, financial mathematics and partial differential equations when working as a derivative trader on the Hong Kong Stock exchange.

Qualifications in mathematics don't get you a job per se. Nevertheless, many high-paying and senior jobs in finance, research and development require people with strong backgrounds in mathematics.

If secondary school students asked me what personal and academic attributes it took to succeed in mathematics at university and in the workforce, I’d tell them to work hard, be social and remember to like what they do. And go to The University of Auckland – after all, it is the biggest and best in New Zealand.