I have been with EY since 2014 and I work in the People Advisory Services (PAS) team as part of the Reward practice in the Auckland office. I’m a Senior Consultant and I provide clients with reward consulting services and market commentary on trends in remuneration. Because of the variety and number of projects I have worked on to date, I feel that I have gained significant experience in a shorter amount of time which has really accelerated my career. I’m also able to network with key players in my industry.”
I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Communication Studies majoring in HR from Waikato University.
My degrees have helped prepared me for my job in terms of technical content and the ability to think strategically and laterally which is a daily requirement in my role.
Looking back, I absolutely loved my time at university and it definitely prepared me for the demands of working. Now EY is supporting me to grow and develop me by providing opportunities to work across teams and broaden my experience. I am achieving both technical knowledge in remuneration and broad HR industry experience.
The company I was working for was acquired by EY. When I arrived, I was overwhelmed by the supportive and family-like culture. I feel very lucky to rub shoulders with and learn from thought leaders on a daily basis.
EY exposes me to a broad range of clients and challenges me to push the boundaries of a traditional career for an HR practitioner. I am continually grateful for the many opportunities I am lucky enough to have for being at EY!
The People Advisory team enjoy socialising and spending time together in a relaxed setting with events held regularly such as trips to sporting events, quiz nights, networking opportunities and an annual ball.
What I do on a typical day?
My day is spent juggling client and internal communications, attending client briefings, conducting research, working with special interest groups on projects, conducting technical analysis and drafting advice to name a few!
In the morning I spend the first 30 – 60 minutes checking emails, reviewing the status of my projects and checking in with my team to make sure I action any urgent requests as soon as possible.
I may then meet with my manager for guidance on a project or brief a team member with instructions which means we are set up for the day ahead.
At EY we have a dedicated team that provide technical memos on market activity and changes to legislation which I enjoy reading over a morning coffee.
By this time it is mid-morning and I am completing a variety of projects which could include writing proposals, completing statistical analysis, researching trends or drafting reports either independently, with my team or working in a wider EY project team. This is usually my most productive time in terms of completing deliverable work.
At lunch, I enjoy using our gym. It’s a good way to give your brain a rest while achieving your daily step count.
The afternoons are usually filled with finishing the reports or analysis I have been working on that day, attending meetings to debrief on project work and finishing up any odd jobs before I head home.
I feel very lucky to have been exposed to so many great opportunities at EY. I’ve been able to work at client sites and experience their work culture, attend a conference in Singapore, travel around New Zealand, work towards a global remuneration certification, go on various training courses and volunteer my time to support charities as part of the EY Foundation.
My advice to students
Think outside the square when it comes to planning your career after university as there may be a non-traditional but equally beneficial way to launch your career. Think of the ‘career ladder’ as a jungle gym, there is more than one way of reaching your career ambition - you just have to be open to the opportunities.