Taking the initiative in your career

Manager, UK

Manager, Markets & Business Development, EMEIA Financial Services

What are some of the challenges you come across when starting at EY? How do we help our people to overcome these challenges? We sat down with one of our managers to have a chat about their journey so far.

 

What is your role here at EY? How long have you been with EY?
I’m an account manager here at EY and I joined EY in January this year.

 

What made you choose EY as an employer?
When I was working for my previous employer, I really enjoyed consulting. I enjoyed being able to understand insurance companies, understand what they’re going through and their systems. I kind of wanted to shift my client base. Instead of my clients being organizations in the development sector, I wanted my clients to be from insurance companies. Especially in this time where we have digitalisation and new regulations that are constantly changing, and other topics that are impacting the insurance market. That’s why I wanted to join a consultancy organization.

Why did I chose EY? My decision was probably more in terms of branding and my knowledge of the organization. With ‘building a better working world’, I felt I could work well towards that. In all my previous roles, they have been about developing insurance solutions that have some sort of social-economic impact, which relates to a better working world. EY has this better narrative, and I had a better connection and I think they saw that as well.

 

What do people come to you and ask you for in your day-to-day activities?
When I first started, I was the person that was just learning about the organization. Since then, I have learnt more about EY’s offering and all service lines. I have also been the point of call for internal colleagues at EY when they need information in regards to other offerings. So, I have to be the custodian of a library book with knowledge of all the different offerings that we have.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Well, I would like to be in a position where I am a senior manager or able to be managing and engaging with clients. In five years’ time, I want to be the go-to person and be sure that the clients understand who I am, and I have a system, where I can help them and successfully provide them with the tools that they need.

 

What advice do you have for any new joiners? 

Well, as I said earlier, I think new joiners should understand that you are given the flexibility, but you have to be proactive. You have to understand that there is going to be a lot of work that needs to be done to get you at a pace where you understand what is going on perfectly and where your work is adding value. It’s not like joining another company, whereby you expect to have support and they show you the way step by step. You have to think outside of the box and do things for yourself. The first few weeks were a bit overwhelming and I want to reassure them that yes, it can be a lot, but you’ll find your way. You just have to do your work, put effort in and you’ll get there.