- Cathy Wilkins
Cathy graduated from the University of Lancaster with a degree in French and Politics. Today, Cathy works as an Associate Director in Global IT Services and is the Co-chair for the EY UKI Mental Health Network. Her top tip for joining EY is to be open to opportunities which arise; manage your own health so that you enjoy your career and ask for support if you need it.
What were the key factors that made you choose EY?
I joined EY in 1993 (nearly 25 years ago!) and at the time I applied, one of the key factors that made me choose EY was because it was a big four firm and a market-leading blue chip company with good opportunities.
How has EY supported you to be successful in your career?
EY made it easy for me to take time out to have a family, and then to come back to interesting roles. I have also had a lot of support during recent mental health illness, including a plan to get me back to work. I am now back and enjoying my role again.
EY has helped me to be myself through the support I have been given by peers and managers, as well as HR. I do not feel that there is any discrimination.
How do you feel EY has helped prepare you to make an impact in your career?
I have had lots of opportunities available to me at EY, either as part of my role, or in my capacity as a network lead that have helped me prepare to make an impact in my career, these include training and development, exciting and interesting project work and access to senior leaders.
Outside of your client work, are you involved in any initiatives that you feel allow you to make a difference either to EY or to the wider community?
Outside of my day to day job I am able get involved in initiatives that allow me to make a difference to EY. Currently, I co-lead the Mental Health Network, which has strong support from the leadership team. EY is devoted to providing a working environment where people can be individual, with different strengths, outlook and desires.
What would you tell people about the EY culture?
EY is devoted to providing a working environment where people can be individual, with different strengths, outlook and desires.
Finally, what advice would you give to new joiners, looking to join EY?
Be open to opportunities which arise; manage your own health so that you enjoy your career. Ask for support if you need it.