Adrienn Demeter, UK
Adrienn Demeter joined EY London just over a year ago and had previously completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Management at the Cass Business School.
What was it that drew you to EY?
I was lucky enough to complete an internship at EY after my second year at university, I was particularly drawn to the field of consulting. After my internship, I was offered a graduate position and I didn’t apply elsewhere as I had a really great experience.
How long was your internship and how did you find your experience at EY?
The internship ran for six to ten weeks and was a fantastic experience. I was put on client sites straight away, and I was in a really great and supportive team. It was very fortunate that I could actually be on client sites for the whole duration of the internship. So, it was very insightful, and we had a lot of socials with all the other interns - dodgeball championships, barbecues, the list goes on! I got to know so many people.
Do you keep in touch with any of the people you met during your internship?
I do! Some of the interns are here as graduates now. So, naturally we recognized each other and have regularly caught up. I actually took a year off after graduation, so some of the people I did my internship with are one year above me, which is not a problem as now I know people above me who I can go and ask some questions from, and build new connections and networks with.
What do you get up to in your role at EY?
So, I actually just started on a new project two weeks ago, and it’s the global roll out of a credit workflow tool for a major bank. It's been really interesting because it's only two of us in the work stream, so I have a lot of responsibilities. It’s more technical than any other role I had before. It’s mainly focused on process mapping, which is something I really like and find quite interesting. I was previously in an internal role because I did a stint in the service quality team. In that role we were actually supporting the consultants to run their projects to the best quality, which is required by EY.
What was it that drew you to financial services?
It was a decision I made after talking to people who are currently working in financial services. They were talking a lot about the attention the sector is getting at the moment. There are also a lot of investments being made by EY in Financial Services and it is one of our most dynamic sectors.
What have been some of your proudest moments at EY?
Whilst it isn’t work related, having the opportunity to go to Ethiopia right after my internship is an achievement I am very proud of. I did some fundraising before I left and was surprised at just how much it was supported by EY. Whilst it was not part of the EY initiative, I had a lot of help planning the pop quiz, where all the interns and the seniors were invited to participate. EY was generous enough to match whatever amount of money I raised. This was amazing and it made me proud as it was all going to a good cause. But, in terms of work, I actually really like Excel, working with spreadsheets, and I’m very excited to learn more about more complex notions like macros and BBA.
So, since you have been here over a year, did you get the chance to attend one of the learning events that we held in Rome? Or any of our other learning events for that matter? And how did you find the experience?
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it to the event in Rome, but I was able to attend the PI Learning in Heathrow, which was a similar experience, and was a great experience as it was not only for the graduates but was open up to everyone in PI, which was great for socializing and networking. Whilst they were long and intense days with lots of training, watching the videos, hearing previous experiences and interacting in team building exercises made it a really enjoyable experience.
If you could describe EY in three words, what words would you choose?
Diverse, challenging and rewarding.
What advice would you give anyone going through the recruitment process?
Technical knowledge is not a prerequisite so it’s not something students should focus on. It's really the personal qualities and the attitude of our candidates that really matters. I would always say to people that this is something they actually have to display and show to the interviewers - be enthusiastic and be keen to learn. It’s not enough to just think about it, you actually have to demonstrate this. Do your research and look up the firm. Get to know more about what EY does, not just in terms of our business but also in other areas such as our values and community work.