Carla Augsburger, Luxembourg
Who are you and what is your role at EY?
I am a senior consultant in our Luxembourg advisory practice, focusing essentially on alternative investment funds and related service provider. My team and I are involved in supporting our clients in managing their compliance with an increasingly complex web of regulatory requirements while at the same time maintaining a competitive advantage by optimizing their operational efficiency and effectiveness. The engagements we encounter are hugely varied and challenging, meaning that there is no such thing as a typical work day for me. My job allows me to grow with the challenges I encounter, continuously expand my knowledge and pushes me to think of novel solutions.
Why did you decide to work in this location/service line/SSL?
After spending four years studying in London I felt drawn to move back to my home country Luxembourg. I have always been hugely interested in private equity, so joining the practice felt like a great fit. I have not regretted my decision since.
Since joining EY, what has been your biggest achievement to date?
I guess every experienced consultant can attest to the huge feeling of satisfaction that adding value to a client’s business model generates. This experience is all the more rewarding in instances where the initial scepticism of the client is high or where the client is completely overwhelmed by the challenges he/she is facing. Every time I can transmit this passion for consulting to a new employee within the firm and make them understand why it is that we do what we do, I feel immensely accomplished. Also, each time I have the opportunity to expand my knowledge, be it by working together with one of my colleagues or utilizing our wide range of e-resources, as well as sharing my particular expertise with others, I leave work with a huge sense of success. In that way, I guess it is the small, daily achievements that make me most proud.
What was the best experience at EY so far?
Last year, I have been involved in a 10 month cross-border engagement in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Apart from learning the odd word of Dutch and enjoying local delicacies such as Stroopwaffels and Jenever, I have had the unique opportunity of expanding my global network within EY and applying my skills and expertise in a different environment. This engagement helped me realize how interconnected EY really is and was a fun, challenging and hugely rewarding experience for me. I can only recommend making better use of our firm-wide resources and expanding your skills and knowledge beyond your local office, as a way of growing both personally and professionally.
What advice would you give to anyone applying to EY?
To anyone wanting to apply to EY, do your research on the company and do not be afraid to reach out to someone to talk about our values and the specifics of our jobs. It is always helpful to have a concrete idea of the position you are applying to so that you can tie it back to your skills and experience. Independent thinking and an original thought process are some of the distinguishing factors we look for in candidates, so prepare a few convincing examples of when you went beyond what was asked of you as well as how you could add value to the firm and built a better working world.