Sam Thomas

Sam Thomas

I have moved into a more analytic role because of my strengths in this area. This is due, in part, to the maths course I studied at Manchester.  

Course: Mathematics (4 Years) [MMath]

Course dates: 2008-2011

Current occupation: Consultant at Ernst & Young


How did you secure your current position? 

I work as a Consultant for Ernst & Young. I work both in IT audit and data analytics. I interview clients, produce reports, code in SQL, and design websites and mobile applications.

This is my first position since graduating in 2011. I was initially working only in the IT audit function and have since moved into a more analytical role because of my strengths in this area. This is due, in part, to the maths course I studied at Manchester. 

How has your qualification helped you in your career? 

The 2:1 requirement from a strong institution got me an opening interview. Arguably the analytical skills I developed during my MMath course are starting to come into use.  

What is your greatest achievement to date?

 Achieving top-of-class at a recent year-end review.  

What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing a similar career route and what experience do you consider to be necessary? 

Get expertise in something, and be known for that. Become a go-to for someone and you in turn can use them. There are no specific required skills, just strong people skills, a logical mind, honesty, ambition and determination. 

What did you most enjoy about your time at Manchester? 

I was heavily involved in the Ultimate Frisbee team and this offered me a stage to practise my public speaking, organisation, delegating and coaching skills.        

Would you recommend the University as a good place to study?

Yes. It offers a unique blend of prestige and modernism in a great city.  

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