Katharine's story

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“As an EY ‘baby’ (both my parents trained with EY!) a career with EY seemed an obvious route, but their friendly and professional approach in all matters made the firm my first choice too.”

For Audit Manager Katharine, training to become a Chartered Accountant at EY was both challenging and stimulating, following her first class degree in Chinese, Spanish and German. From her third year with the firm she was managing audits for smaller clients and is now actively engaged in auditing FTSE 100 companies.

“I spend a lot of time interfacing with clients, and regularly work with EY teams and service lines across the globe. My client portfolio includes a diverse range of clients in terms of both industry and size.

“It means I’m constantly learning, acquiring new skills and gaining valuable experience. Every day brings a stimulating new challenge.”

Being based in the Newcastle office has given Katharine the opportunity to lead audit teams early in her career. She has developed and progressed rapidly since completing her ACA qualification and has even worked on a high-profile tender for a FTSE 250 company.

“EY’s approach is to let staff take charge of their own careers with the guidance of a counsellor. In my case this has meant that I have attained the rank of Audit Manager within two years of qualifying.

“I now have the opportunity to become more involved with CSR, training and recruitment and to work on large, high-profile listed clients in conjunction with staff from other UK offices.The sky’s the limit!”

Having lived, studied and worked in Newcastle most of her life, her career has taken her to many different countries around the world, including working in Austria and Germany and a year out in China.

“But as a proud Geordie, I always find that Newcastle is a great place to come back to! I really enjoy the fact that it’s on the river and near the sea – it’s a vibrant yet manageable-sized city.

 “The local office culture is also a key factor. We’ve grown in recent years, winning significant levels of new work along the way, but the atmosphere remains friendly and every member of staff is supported and valued – we’re like a large family in a stimulating, professional environment.”

And what does the future hold for EY in Newcastle?

“We work with a huge variety of industries and continue to expand our presence in Newcastle. The city’s industrial background together with new service industries and rapid innovation means there is such a broad range of really interesting clients we can work with.”     

Final thoughts from Katharine from her time at EY to date:

“I’ve learned that whatever your degree or background, be prepared to work hard and play hard, and you will succeed!”

Sound advice for anyone seeking a career move with EY!