Jordan Thelen (OL '10)
Company: Ernst & Young (Toronto, Canada)
A Levels: Maths, Further Maths, Economics, German and General Studies
Grades Achieved: A*A*AAA
University: University of Durham
Degree Course: Economics
Professional Accreditation: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
I am currently a Manager in Healthcare Advisory at EY, based out of the Toronto (Canada) office. My focus is Financial Sustainability (balancing the budget through efficiencies) for clinical areas of hospitals, particularly on Finance, Operations and Supply Chain improvements.
I moved to the Canadian practice in August 2016 from EY UK (London), where I had worked since graduation from Durham University in 2013 (where I studied Economics). Throughout my career, I have mainly worked in the Healthcare industry, across many facets: digital transformation (creating apps), strategy development, operational improvement, financial reviews. Other experience has been in strategic financial planning for Local Governments as well as in the Air Transportation and Mining & Metals industries.
"my focus is financial sustainability, balancing the budget through efficiencies"
LGS initially helped guide my choice in career through offering a lot of the subjects I wanted to do by not limiting me to the choices of certain subject mixes (like other schools), this enabled me to focus on more of the Maths/Economics side of things as well as sciences. The academic platform provided, supports the problem-solving skills required in business, whilst also opening doors to further education that is seen as minimum requirements at many firms. It was also really helpful to start having career conversations from Year 11 which also culminated in work experience opportunities. Needless to say, the academic background also helped inform my university choices and aspirations to build the career I have today. The support through the UCAS process is excellent to ensure that I was in the best position to receive offers from the universities I wanted to go to.
Beyond the academic support, the opportunities outside of the classroom had the biggest impact on skills development. Firstly, playing in sports teams (Football, Cricket & Cross-Country) allowed me to develop teamwork skills as well as through captaining some of these teams, leadership. Furthermore, the internal roles I was given (Deputy Head Boy) give accountability and peer management skills that I still require in my job today. I was very lucky to get the opportunities I did which I have no doubt have supported my development and led me to the career I have today. I believe this is the biggest area that LGS differentiates itself from other schools in providing these opportunities which create great university and work candidates. This is an area I built on throughout university, from the work ethic that was instilled in me at LGS.
"the academic background also helped inform my university choices and aspirations to build the career I have today. "
Job Search Tips
Current Needs of Employers in my field
Ability to interact with and manage people, willingness to learn, strong academic background, life experiences beyond the classroom.
Things I wish I’d known in Sixth Form
Look at having opportunities outside the classroom: work experience, volunteering, sports, music, prefect roles
Describe LGS in three words
Nutures great talent