Helena Ferreira, France
What do you love most about your job?
What I love about my job is the ability to share moments with people coming from different backgrounds and motivated people who inspire me — this is what I like about my job.
What training have you participated in?
I attended the senior program in Amsterdam: I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with other people and share experiences with colleagues across Europe. It gave us an opportunity to understand the differences between our activities and mandates. There is so much to learn. What I have learnt from all the trainings, is not one thing in particular; but most importantly, the daily training that we receive from our team mates is invaluable. I work with a varied team that gets to work on technique and the job, which is a real enrichment. It is mutual and reciprocated. You know what you have to do, and you are able to evolve in an environment where everyone shares their knowledge. This is how we grow.What I found interesting at EY is the coaching, buddy and counselling programs, which enable you to find someone you trust and are comfortable to discuss career progression with. This is very rewarding.
Tell us about some of the events you’ve run at EY.
We have a lot of fun. In the past, we have met up with top management professionals in seminars of 1,000–1,500 people. It happens once a year and are able to find regular after‑work get togethers organized by our Financial Services Office (FSO) department. They are organized by people with really creative ideas. We had the chance to go to special places, such as museums, bars, boats and many other very interesting places. In this context, you really get to know each other as we have limited time during the day to socialize. These events allow people to bond, which is fantastic. At the beginning of the year, I also organized a 10km run for charity called ”Les foulées de l’assurance.” We worked with insurers, so it was a good way to meet and spend time with our clients in a less formal environment. We wore casual clothing and raised money for a heart disease charity, so I am proud of this EY initiative and my support in organizing it.
What’s the culture like at EY?
It is a real chance to work with motivated people. People at EY are passionate about their job and their enthusiasm is contagious which creates a positive dynamic. It is really pleasant to work in such an environment. We don’t need healthy or unhealthy competition. We are being taught to take advantage of each other’s strength and assets. This is where you all help complete each other and grow together. We all want to progress and there are so many internal opportunities here at EY.
Where do you see yourself in three years?
I see myself in consulting. Working on‑site with clients is stimulating — managing how you will lead a team and get things done, including how to motivate some individuals to come with the will every morning to achieve their goals and feel comfortable. I want to become a leader and maintain this important bond and trust with my team by being creative and continuing to organize events as a team.
What’s it like working at an organization as global as EY?
EY is an organization that is located everywhere in the world. We have the chance to work with a lot of people from many countries and it is a real advantage to be able to work with these people. I have been working at EY for three years and I have learnt a lot from my colleagues and from my clients. I am really proud to be a part of this international organization and represent the culture and the values of a big firm, which is great. So, come and join us!