STEM Ambassador Profile
Name: Jonathan Thomas
Organisation: Ernst & Young
Job Title: Tax Advisor
Area of work or study
Tax advisor in personal taxation working primarily with Private Banking clients tax affairs. I have a specialisation in expatriate tax, particularly with Investment Bankers. I have also passed my Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) and part of my Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) exams
How did you decide to work in your chosen field?
Honestly fell into the area but would now never leave due to the constant changing and challenging nature of the work and law.
A Levels: English Literature, History, Business Studies & Law BA: Politics
What attracted you to the STEM Ambassadors scheme?
Good initiative and a great opportunity to influence young adults.
What do you like about being a STEM Ambassador?
Good interaction with young adults and seemingly meaninful programmes and involvement from ambassadors, schools and pupils.
What do you see as the benefits of the STEM Ambassadors scheme?
Gives the pupils good access to those who work in their field of interest.
STEM Ambassadors activities
Big Bang North East Judge for 2 years
Judged school science/engineering projects against given criteria.
What was the reaction of the young people you worked with?
Very enthusiastic and engaging.
What advice would you give to young people wanting to work in your field?
Very difficult given to the niche aspect of the job but the job itself is very accessible, as are most areas of the financial service world and should not be discounted.