Sarah Rench

The trainee magician conjuring up a new age of artificial intelligence

Describe your job in one sentence.

I use artificial intelligence (AI) to help companies solve business problems, and train internal and client teams on how to stay one step ahead of technology in the workplace.

Who gave you your most treasured piece of advice, what was it?

Mohammed Ali – “Impossible is nothing”. I started boxing a few years ago, and it taught me that if you put your mind, body and soul into something, you really can achieve the impossible.

Which work or project are you most proud of?

I’m really excited about the EY Algorithm Library – which uses specific algorithms to help solve various data quality and remediation issues in different datasets.

What is the greatest transformation in technology you've witnessed in your career? And how do you think that will change in years to come?

AI. Automation will soon be integrated into every aspect of our work lives, removing boring processes and enabling us to focus on delivering solutions to large-scale problems.

What do you wish you had known before starting a career in the tech industry?

Today, women have the opportunity to join networking groups such as DevelopHer – a women–in-technology community that provides support and mentoring – or can try online coding modules to see if they enjoy it. If I were entering the industry now, I’d be sure to make use of these.

Tell us a little bit about the EY Women in Technology network.

I am part of the EY Women in Technology Network – which runs “TechBootcamps” to help everyone at EY get into coding.

You’re an apprentice at the Magic Circle, could you tell us a bit more about that?

The Magic Circle is the official magicians’ society. I’m currently an apprentice and I’m training for my exams this year; once I qualify, I can call myself a magician.

Using magic tricks and her knowledge of the tech industry, Sarah talks about 'Magic and the machine: card tricks, emotional intelligence and artificial intelligence (AI)', and shows us the importance of emotional intelligence in everyday work.