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Happiness and skills in maths go hand in hand

17 July 2017

According to a Westpac study quoted in Vogue: Knowing your way around numbers can mean more than just knowing when you’re getting a really great deal. The study done by Westpac reveals that actually yes, your level of maths skill can be directly related to your overall happiness. 

Research undertaken by Westpac for their 2017 Numeracy Study shows a direct correlation between mathematical skills and career satisfaction. Fifty per cent of participants felt confident in their maths abilities and were “satisfied” with their career of choice — compared to only 31 per cent who didn’t feel they possess adequate maths skills. 

Similarly, those very same people who completed a higher level of maths at high school were 13 per cent more likely to feel happier in their overall life, compared to those who weren’t confident in their maths ability.

Too many numbers? Maybe dropping maths in year 10 wasn’t such a good idea after all. 

The study also found a link between those who studied maths in year 11 and 12 and salary, with those who did further study earning on average $7000 more than their non-maths counterparts. 

And with the world becoming increasingly dependent on technology, it only makes sense for more people, especially women, to step up, take the numbers head on and smash those statistics. 

Not sure where to begin? For starters, encouraging our children to pursue STEM subjects in school is a great place to kick off. But for those of us who have already finished school and want to brush up our maths skills, there is hope. 

Westpac have partnered with Mathspace to offer all Australians free access to Mathspace Essentials, a program aimed at honing mathematic skills through thousands of practice questions. Complete with examples and all with help at the click of a button, it’s great for students, teachers and adults wanting to get ahead. 

The partnership is part of a push to ensure Australia doesn’t get left behind when it comes to pioneering in technology-based careers, which, as we’ve found out, might just be the key to a happier life. 

25 per cent off shoes? You could probably afford to buy them full price if only you’d kept up maths… 

Learn more about how Westpac are helping today's students know their numbers.

First published in Vogue by Westpac, proud partner of Vogue Codes.