Torie’s story: training, development and the support to progress

After starting her audit career in a local firm, Torie’s goal was to broaden her experience and work on bigger clients, without leaving her hometown of Aberdeen.

Torie Stephen

Torie joined EY in January 2018 as an Audit Senior and was promoted to Assistant Manager in October 2019. For Torie, coming to EY from a relatively small firm was “quite daunting”. “It’s easy to have a misconception of what it’s like to work for a Big Four firm, but I had no reason to be apprehensive, everyone has been so supportive and welcoming from day one.”

The support to succeed

In Aberdeen, all new joiners are given a welcome pack to help introduce them to the city and day-to-day of the office. “The support network at EY is really established. I had a ‘buddy’ to help me settle in, and a career counsellor to help set development goals, so I can focus on what I’d like to achieve professionally.”

For Torie, collaborating as a team is really important. “We have a great team dynamic and work ethic and we all support one another to achieve our goals.”

The Aberdeen office’s approach to flexible working is also a huge advantage for Torie. “There’s a real trust that you will get your work done and manage your time as you need - your diary is your responsibility. We sometimes work long hours to meet deadlines in peak season, but it’s up to the team to decide how to navigate that together and find a solution that works for everyone.”

Embracing change

The opportunities for training, career development and to work on big clients were important reasons behind Torie’s move to EY. “There’s lots of scope to gain vast experience here, whether it’s working on different clients, a secondment, or visiting other offices. I work on some of the firm’s biggest clients in the oil and gas sector which is fantastic.”

Keeping up to date with industry knowledge and changes is a key part of Torie's role. “The training provided here really helps us to deliver quality audits to our clients. Every year we attend a two-day summer academy to keep us up to date with technical or regulatory changes in the industry, as well as EY news. I had never experienced something like that before in smaller firms."

“Another thing that stood out for me when I joined was how much we use technology day-to-day. The Data Analytics team are constantly coming up with new bots and programmes to facilitate our work and keep up to date with digital changes in the industry. Our audits are definitely becoming more digital.”

The future for Aberdeen

Despite its international client base, being a part of the local industry is really important to EY’s Aberdeen office. “In 2020 we’ll be moving to a new office in the city centre. A lot of the oil and gas market is based here in Aberdeen and it will be fantastic to continue to be a part of the local community and support the city’s new developments.”

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