Hello from Canary Wharf

Razan Abdel Hadi, UK

Hello, my name is Razan Abdel-Hadi and I have recently joined EY as a graduate consultant. I joined the firm in September 2015 as part of our EMEIA  Financial Services Advisory practice in London, specifically aligned to the Data and Analytics (DnA) Team. I am currently on a confidential project supporting EY’s Vision 2020.

I am based in the Canary Wharf office, which has spectacular views of landmarks such as London Bridge, the river Thames and the Shard. The official office opening ceremony recently took place, with champagne and cupcakes served on every floor. The Lord Mayor of the City of London attended to declare the building officially open, cut the ribbon (yellow, of course) and introduce a panel of FinTech  speakers, including Zopa and Innovate Finance. They discussed some of the key challenges facing the industry moving forward and the disruptive potential of FinTech adoption in financial services

My interest in EY stems from the diverse and exciting nature of work, as partners confess to learning something new every day, even after decades in the firm. There are constantly new challenges to face within the Advisory practice, specifically within Financial Services, and I think a desire to face these challenges, to learn and to develop, is something all graduates at EY share. I am currently undertaking international accounting qualifications as part of the graduate program alongside receiving specialist technology and core consulting training. Over the course of the graduate scheme, I hope to build a diverse set of skills and experiences while working with a range of different clients, as well as a diverse global network through opportunities such as the upcoming graduate event in Rome.

The EMEIA FSO  Advisory Graduate Network (EAGN) hosts an annual learning event each year for first-year graduates across EMEIA at a European location. This year, the graduate event will be held in Rome, Italy. For three days, we will take part in elective training courses during the day and social activities in the evening. This event allows us not only to meet our fellow graduates from across EMEIA and to build networks with a global reach, but also to gain a newfound perspective on the truly integrated and global nature of EY that we can take back to our projects to make an even greater positive impact. The Buddies across Borders program is an integral part of the event this year. It allows us to pair up with graduates from another EMEIA location to learn more about future secondment possibilities, as well as to expand our global networks! The graduate experience has been exceptional thus far, and I am looking forward to meeting colleagues from across EMEIA. Enjoy Rome, everybody!


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