Marie-Helene Demoulin, Belgium
Marie - Hélène Demoulin has been with EY for nearly two years and is responsible for the Learning and Development Curricular for Advisory.
What does your job entail on a day-to-day basis?
In my current role, I am responsible for the learning and development curricula for advisory. Aside from assisting the Director, I am also the point of contact and the go-to person for all of our colleagues and consultants. If they have any questions or queries on learning and development, they come to me. The other part of my job, is the campus recruitment part, and for this I am responsible for the hiring of junior profiles in advisory in our transaction advisory department.
Before you were working at EY, were you at another company or did you join us straight from university?
Well, I actually was at PwC for a year before I joined EY. I did an internship there during my studies and from there was recruited for a further six months, in which I was able to go into learning and development. Before PwC I completed an Organisational Psychology degree.
When you made to choose to come to EY, what was it that attracted you to EY or the role in particular?
It was actually a difficult choose for me as I was also given the chance to continue at PwC. But ultimately I was contacted by an employee from EY and was given the opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with them as to the prospects of my transferring to EY. The interview went smoothly and I really had the feeling that it was like a large family that I would be joining with a lot of support if needed. I could have stayed at PwC, but after two interviews at EY I immediately felt a connection, and felt that it was going to be wonderful team to work with. It has a nice atmosphere and appreciation from all the people. They presented a few colleagues, and they were so positive about their role and showed so much appreciation even during the interviews that I went to. And that's why I came to acknowledge myself then joined EY.
As a young professional, what was it like working in Brussels, for example?
It was nice to work in Brussels because it is like a mixture of different cultures with the European institutions. You get to meet a lot of different people from different backgrounds and get to experience their way of learning and working. I also think that in any new city or country, you always get to know new and exciting things. Even if you think you know everything already, every day you discover something new, and that is something I really like about the international aspect of EY.
This may be difficult, but what would you say is one of you favourite things about working at EY?
I do not know if it is correct, but being a bit of a glue, something that bands everyone together. For example, for the junior consultants, we make sure their stocks are going right and then they feel welcome when they join us. Then they get to know each other.
What would you say is the most challenging aspect of your role?
At the moment I would say it is more the quantity of the work, such as the large amount of emails and meetings and documents for review that is the most challenging. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, but when you see the results it is really rewarding. The key is to learn how much you can handle and to know when to ask for help.