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REVIEW – YSS “Statistically Significant Careers” event at Queen’s University Belfast on 4 Nov 2015

Statistically Significant Careers

Centre for Statistical Science & Operational Research, Queen’s University Belfast

Reviewed by Caoimhe Carbery.

On 4th November 2015, the YSS collaborated with the RSS NI local group to host the second annual Statistically Significant Careers event which continues to be a huge success. Companies from throughout the UK and Ireland came together to showcase the vast range of careers available to the career young statisticians who were in attendance.

The event, which was held in The Great Hall at Queen’s University Belfast, was generously sponsored by the School of Mathematics and Physics alongside the RSS NI local group. The format of the event differed from the previous year, whereby the main body of the day consisted of presentations from the various companies and ended on a networking and drinks reception whereby the companies had an assigned space for posters and leaflets – this allowed the 60 delegates to network with potential future employers on a more informal level.

The event was opened by Dr Lisa McCrink, lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and Meetings Secretary of the YSS, welcoming those in attendance. Lisa spoke about the different events and initiatives run by the YSS throughout the year, encouraging students to take advantage and sign up as a free e-Student member of the RSS, a brilliant opportunity for career young statisticians.

The company representatives then began, with the audience treated to talks from eleven companies based throughout the UK and Ireland, all of whom demonstrate a keen interest in the applications of statistical techniques within their respective industries. The companies included Pramerica, GlaxoSmithKline, Seagate, Kainos, Analytics Engines, Allstate, Ulster Bank, NISRA, Accenture and Quintiles. Each company delivered an inspirational and insightful 10 minute talk, with time afterwards for questions from the audience. With the multitude of companies providing talks from different application areas of statistics, the audience had the opportunity to gain valuable advice and perspectives in relation to future careers. Both the coffee break and the networking session at the closing of the event allowed the discussions to continue – which was a great chance for the attendees to meet fellow career-young statisticians.

A huge thanks to our sponsors and all the companies who helped make the event a success! The event has received positive feedback from both the students in attendance and the companies. As the event continues to be a success, the organising committee are excited for the next Statistically Significant Careers event which will occur in a year’s time in October 2016. If you would like to get involved or to hear more about the event, please get in touch by emailing Lisa McCrink (