A day in the life of Tomas Silva

What is it like to be a consultant in Advisory Performance Improvement in Financial Services? Tomas Silva tells us all.

In the morning…

I usually pretend I don’t hear the alarm clock, even though it goes off like ten times in a row. Although, I’m pretty sure it wakes up everyone else at home! I’m one of those night owls you know; my brain doesn’t like to sleep that much, at decent hours at least, so waking up early in the morning kind of hurts my feelings. When I get up, however, I really enjoy listening to some loud music (music, not noise) while I take my shower and get ready for work.

My day to day working in Advisory involves…

On a personal level, it involves a lot of continuous learning - to grow better where I feel there are knowledge gaps and flaws, and struggling to become a better version of me, so I can effectively help EY teams deliver great working products. But that’s definitely not all! I always try to make the most of the people I’ve met in EY, especially during lunch breaks. Those are the moments I treasure the most during my day!

I got my current position…

How did I get here? For starters, I studied at a military boarding school in Lisbon for eight years. Then, I went on to get my Masters in Industrial Engineering, where I got the chance to work on a Siemens engagement, for eight months. That’s when I found out I was passionate about consulting. A couple of months after I finished my Master Thesis, I quit my former job and signed my contract with EY Portugal to join FSO Advisory PI in September 2015.

The part of the job I enjoy the most is…

Being better than I was the day before and feeling good about what I do! I could give you a list of all my daily tasks, but I believe that more than ‘what’, EY enables you to find your “why”, and that is one of the things I love the most about EY .It has a lot more to offer besides what you do sitting behind your laptop or in the meetings you have during the day. You get challenged every day, you get in touch with really cool and different people and, above all, you’re encouraged to embrace the difference and to make a difference in someone’s life.

I am most proud of…

Definitely the way we can change lives. This became clearer during a project engagement I was assigned to for over a year in Africa. Building a better working world is not just some marketing or branding slogan. If you think about it, when you change the way people work, and make their jobs easier, you’re actually allowing people to live a happier life and to spend more time doing what they love the most, with whom they love the most. That’s what I’m most proud of.

Outside of work I like to…

Play the piano! Whenever and wherever I can! Home, airports, street pianos, piano bars… But mostly piano bars, which may have cost me some friends, since I totally forget they’re standing right there waiting for me! Besides the piano, I’m also passionate about playing volleyball and creative writing. Finally, above all (yes, even above the piano, I’d say!), I love to travel (I’ve been to four of the five continents and I’m not stopping there) and photography!