Teju Soyinka, UK
Teju Soyinka studied psychology at the University of Warwick and joined EY after graduating in August 2016.
With your background in psychology, what attracted you to EY?
I applied to EY after they came on campus. They delivered a presentation and I had the chance to speak with one of the partners there, and she was just really lovely and welcoming. In that meeting I was convinced that EY was the place for me. It felt like a great environment and one that I wanted to be a part of. I also decided to join an EY webcast and learnt a lot more about the different areas open to graduates.
With your degree in psychology, how have you found the transition to financial services?
With psychology it's a mixture of math and English skills stuck together, as you have the chance to analyse statistics and comment on them. Those skills are quite useful in this industry, especially when you document, and we use a lot of spreadsheets and statistical applications. I don’t think it’s difficult to transition no matter what you study because the training itself is very adequate and you learn on the job. It really doesn’t matter which background you come from here at EY, we have a diverse mix of skills and experiences.
Outside of your day job, what activities have you been able to take part in?
I was able to join the EY Black network and Unity network, two of our diversity and inclusiveness groups here at EY. Outside of work I play tag rugby with colleagues but my focus has really been on my involvement with the EY Black Network. I'm very passionate about diversity in the workplace and was able to get involved with the Amos Bursary through my links with the team. This has enabled us to provide scholarships for young, gifted black men from sixth form into university, even holding days where we bring them into EY. These young men are absolutely phenomenal. I will also be going the Three Peaks track believe it or not. At the end of the day, you’re here to build a network and learn. When you're given opportunities to get involved, you have to just grab it and enjoy it!
What have been some of the highlights of your time at EY?
The Amos Bursary was definitely a highlight for me, and also, the training I've received. I've had a really good mix of clients which has been great as well as opportunities to present for senior leaders across the business. My colleagues have also been a highlight of my time here, I don't think this experience would have been as great as it's been without my strong support network. EY really takes care of our people - if we want to retain our staff, we need to put the necessary measures in place to keep people happy.
What are your hobbies outside of EY?
I do a lot of things. I actually love musical theatre, and I’m still trying to get involved in it. When busy season calms down, maybe look out for me in one of these little jazz cafes! I've also been in the process of writing a book, so hopefully I'll get the chance to finish it.
What does building a better working world mean to you?
Diversity is a big element for me. Companies need to be building a diverse and inclusive environment, understanding the people who are working for them. Another aspect of building a better working world for me is around helping people realize their potential. When they're at their best, your company ends up being the best at what it does. If your people are the main focus of your company, you retain them, you keep them happy and they will produce the best quality work.