- Sara Fitzpatrick
I joined EY in May 2016 from a legal recruitment agency recruiting compliance professionals into professional services firms. I enjoyed my time in recruitment, but decided it was time for something different. I wanted to move into a role where I could have a direct commercial impact on a firm and influence different stakeholders at all levels.
EY was my client at the time and as I was selling the firm to my candidates as one of the top places to work I realised that I wanted to work here! Resourcing sounded like the perfect fit for my skillset as well as providing the opportunity to develop some new skills.
Coming from recruitment, resourcing is a completely different role - it is an operational as well as people-focused and you have the opportunity to directly influence commercial decisions made by client-facing teams. I advise partners and directors on what shape a project team should take that will result in the most effective delivery of the project, while also taking into account the skills each team member will bring to the project and how it will affect their development. The skills I picked up in recruitment, such as stakeholder management, organisation and communication, have been a very useful starting point to transition into this role.
What I have enjoyed most about EY Resourcing is that as you learn and get better, your role within the business grows with you. This doesn’t only relate to your day to day job, there are plenty of side projects that you can get involved in to shape your role within Resourcing the way you want to.
For example, I am currently involved in a major diversity and inclusion initiative, to help improve people’s experiences within the business and to ensure everyone has access to the same opportunities.
In addition to all of this, the Resourcing team is a very friendly one. We all have different backgrounds and bring different skills to the table, but everyone makes an effort to ensure you feel welcome and supported.