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Levenshulme High School for Girls maths day

State Talking speakers addressed girls from two Manchester high schools as part of a special event called Maths in Careers.

Mary Guettel, a Manchester-based data analyst at international consultancy firm Slalom and Ita McMahon, partner in investment management at Castlefield Investments spoke to year 10s girls from Levenshulme High School and East Manchester Academy in Beswick.

The event was organised by Levenshulme High School as part of the school’s commitment to showcase STEM careers.

Other speakers included a lawyer, a digital strategist and a businesswomen. The speakers delivered presentations about their career journeys, with a focus on the importance of maths.

The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the different career opportunities available with maths qualifications.

Mrs Qureshi, careers lead, Levenshulme High School, said: “Each of these inspiring speakers reminded students that problem solving, managing time and hectic schedules are all valuable life skills and it’s important to recruit employees that can demonstrate a high standard of problem solving and reasoning skills.

“This event gave students insight into many mathematical opportunities, and how maths is directly or indirectly involved in different careers.

“Thank you to all of our wonderful speakers for giving up their time and making a big impression on our students. It was great to see women celebrating women!”

Fran Kennedy, founder, State Talking, said: “It was a pleasure to be able to add to the roster of fine speakers set up for Levenshulme High School’s Maths in Careers event.

“State Talking can offer state schools a wide range of relatable speakers who are working in STEM careers, helping to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.