I joined EY on their Advisory Consultant Programme for graduates after completing a Maths degree at Nottingham University. Having interned at another of the big four, I knew that professional services was the right industry for me to start my career.
What attracted me to EY Advisory was that it’s a large, global organisation which means we gain exposure to a multitude of industries, clients and type of project – which keeps it interesting.
Having spent most of my ACP scheme on Finance engagements, and given my background with Maths, Finance Advisory seemed the obvious choice for promotion. Since being permanently based in the team, I’ve enjoyed being able to deepen my technical finance knowledge and have the opportunity to study for the CIMA qualification.
The work is varied and interesting but the people really make the difference. We don’t make products, we sell services, and I believe the success of our business is down to the people delivering those services on a day-to-day basis. I could tell from my interview that I would fit into the people culture at EY and that’s why I accepted the job offer for the graduate programme. The team has always been friendly, inclusive and encouraging, as well as providing a lot of structure.
The UK & Ireland Advisory practice became more competency-focused in 2016, which has led to a drive within Finance Advisory to clarify and refresh our go-to-market propositions. As a practice we’re known for supporting organisations to transform their Finance function through a number of ways, for example implementing shared services or designing their future organisation structure, as well as developing exciting new proposition involving digital finance and robotics.
This means we are constantly evolving as a team, recruiting finance practitioners with specialist knowledge and experience, gaining new business for a variety of engagements and clients for all of us to get involved in. It certainly keeps us on our toes – no one day is the same here at EY!
My career at EY has only just begun, relatively speaking, as I joined four years ago. However, EY’s structure allows you to continually progress providing you can demonstrate that you can work at the higher grade, and there is a business case for promotion. My advice to anyone joining is to get to know as many people in the firm, and in particular, your competency as possible – the right people will help guide you to the right opportunities as well as brighten up the working days.