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  Akshata

Akshata

MBA school: School of Business, Wake Forest University
Undergraduate degree: Financial Accounting, Bangalore University (India)
Office: Charlotte
EY business group and specialty: Advisory — Financial Services Office — Financial Services Risk Management
Rank: Senior
Time with EY: 16 months

What was the transition from business school to EY like?

It was relatively seamless. I interned at EY, which helped me get my feet wet and understand the similarities between the two work environments. To succeed in business school and at EY, you need problem-solving skills, teamwork, time management and self-discipline. Though the transition is challenging, you will always find yourself with a strong EY support system to help.

Which MBA courses have helped you the most since joining EY?

Given that my concentration was in Finance, all my courses provided a relevant and valuable perspective on the current regulatory reform agenda, primary drivers and the challenges financial institutions face. Beyond my concentration courses, case-based study in subjects such as Securities Regulation, Bankruptcy Law, Economics and Corporate Strategy helped me hone my problem-solving skills in a financial services context.

What was EY's interview process like for you?

It was very positive and informative. The interviewers were senior members of the FSO recruiting team. At all times, they just wanted to get to know me better and understand how I could translate my prior successes to EY. During the Intern Superday "Meet and Greet", I met several partners, senior managers, peers and several other Wake Forest alumni from the Charlotte office. This was a valuable forum to learn about their experiences.

What's a "week in the life" at EY like for you?

A work week just flies by! We are generally staffed on client engagements which require being at a client’s site from Monday through Thursday, and back in the office on Fridays. As clients may or may not be based near an EY office, one usually travels Monday morning and returns Thursday night. Throughout the week, you are working directly with EY colleagues and clients on a regulatory reform task.

What has been your favorite project or client experience so far?

Working at a top regional bank where EY was assisting with a capital plan model validation submission. The engagement was a big win for us, as it was an opportunity to build a relationship with a new client. Given the strategic importance of this target, I received significant leeway to step up and play multiple roles: lead workstreams, maintain direct contact with senior client executives and support account planning discussions.

What interests or hobbies do you have outside of work?

I am a vocational singer, and in my spare time I love to watch Broadway shows.

Why did you choose EY?

I’d always thought the move from investment banking to consulting would be challenging. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much the Firm's leadership and your peers genuinely want to get to know you better, help you develop as a professional and succeed. After interning with EY, the people-centric culture and meritocracy inspired me to return!

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