Refraction Media promotes maths based careers launching Careers with Maths magazine

Refraction Media has today launched Careers with Maths magazine to help school students better understand the “new and exciting” careers maths can lead to, says Refraction Media’s head of content.

Heather Catchpole, head of content at Refraction Media, told Mumbrella: “There is an absolutely massive disconnect between what kids are taught in high school, everybody hates maths in high school, I have had students say to me ‘maths should be illegal on Monday’s’ but the careers that are becoming more and more popular are things like data analyst, UX designers, even social media analysts, all of these jobs require maths skills.


Co-founder and publisher Karen Taylor-Brown and head of content Heather Catchpole

“While the kids are really bored getting taught algebra and dropping maths in year 10, there’s a desperate need at the company level for people who are good at maths but creative thinkers and problem solvers.

“We really want to revamp our stereotypes and show its absolutely the newest most exciting careers that need these skills, and when education falls behind on that message there’s an opportunity for a content solution,” she said.

Careers with Maths will be distributed in all high school’s across Australia on a quarterly basis. Student’s will receive the magazine for free while parents and teachers can buy a yearly subscription for $19.80.

The first issue has been sponsored by Commonwealth Bank while partnerships have also been made with ANZ, Westpac, University of NSW and University of Technology Sydney.

“We work with corporates and universities generally who have similar issues, they are looking to get people who are interested in doing degrees specialising in maths and understanding that it’s not just about the numbers, you can actually combine maths with something like biology.

“We approach the universities and corporates who want to be on board and sell native advertising space and they have a page of copy. We write that and make sure it’s going to hit the mark for the audiences,” she said.

Launching today the Career with Maths magazine will be released quarterly and include career tips, high paying maths career options and feature articles.

As well as having an online component Catchpole said the “publication works well in school because it’s still good to have a physical copy which is handed around and used for classroom activities”.


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