Degree subject Management Science & Information Systems Studies (MSISS), Trinity College (2015)
Job titleConsultant-Software Asset Management-Advisory
How did you become interested in a career with EY?
My journey to EY was a little unconventional. I had applied for the summer internship in my third year, but hadn’t made the cut due to numbers. However they invited me to a weeklong programme in June called the EY Experience Week, essentially a concentrated version of the internship. At the end of the week I was given the chance to interview for a place on the graduate programme. And I got it! I now work on the Software Asset Management (SAM) team, which audits major technology companies, carrying out software license inspections. It’s a little like being a TV License Inspector in concept, except you’re dealing with incredibly large companies and it’s a lot more technical. What attracted me to EY in particular was its client portfolio. Everyday I’m dealing with some of the world’s largest and most important companies.
What does your daily role involve, and what’s been one of the biggest challenges so far?
Whilst there’s no typical day, my role involves managing engagements and consultations as organised by my manager. Each morning I’ll begin by calling these companies and this means speaking to the CEOs, CIOs or other senior managers within the firms we’re auditing. Being given this range of responsibility at this level of my career has been extraordinary. The biggest challenge was coming to terms with my own role as a consultant, and the level of responsibility I had been given. Often I thought, ‘why would a seasoned business manager listen to me, a 23 year old just out of college?’ I found the best way to combat these thoughts was just to have confidence in myself. I knew that I knew what I was doing. Seeking extra credentials also helped. My degree set the groundwork for my experience, and the extra training bolstered my confidence. I’m currently looking at pursuing the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) qualification.
What’s exciting about your job?
The SAM team is one of EY’s fastest growing teams. This year they expect to welcome 6 new graduates. There’s a lot of opportunity for travel, as we’re working within EMEIA (Europe, Middle- East, India, and Africa). The trips are usually only a couple of days long, so it’s almost like a mini-working-trip. My last trip was to Amsterdam, and now I’m waiting to hopefully travel out to Saudi Arabia to carry out an audit.
What advice would you have for students and graduates?
Don’t be afraid about just jumping in. The most important thing is to find a job you’re comfortable in, and won’t mind trekking into on a cold, drizzly November morning. The only way to find this out is to get involved. Apply for internships, experience weeks and graduate programmes. If you don’t enjoy the job, don’t worry, you’re not confined to it. I’ve been lucky enough to love my job here in EY, which means I want to stay. My degree taught me a great deal of what I needed to know to do my job here. The MSISS degree was ideal, as it was broad. It gave me grounding in the technical aspects of computer science through labs as well as giving me an insight into effective business management.
How do you hope to see your career developing over the next few years?
Due to the size of our team, and its growth, it’s been possible to progress quickly. My managers ensure that I’m given work that challenges and excites me, whilst giving me room to exercise real responsibility. Our team is a diverse band of people and the team spirit is really good. I’m incredibly lucky to work here!