CaitlinMBA school: Anderson School of Management, The University of California, Los Angeles
Undergraduate degree: Economics and French, Northwestern University
EY business group and specialty: Advisory — Financial Services Office — Performance Improvement
Time with EY: 13 months
Operations Management, Corporate Finance and Management Communications.
I had my first interview while I was studying abroad. They arranged a phone call for the first round, instead of a campus interview, and allowed me to finish my stint abroad before returning to the States and completing the final round of interviews. I was extremely impressed with how accommodating they were throughout the process.
Monday mornings, I head to the client office. Luckily, I'm staffed locally, so no airports! I spend the next four days working with my team and the client to gather information, document results and execute the project plan. The rest of the team flies home on Thursday afternoons, so I spend Friday either working from the local EY office or from home.
So far, my favorite has been working with a large wealth management firm on their target operating model. There are a number of different workstreams involved in the project, spread across Performance Improvement and Enterprise Intelligence, so I've been able to learn a lot about other areas within EY. The project has multiple phases, so every few weeks I'm doing something new, which certainly keeps things interesting!
You'd probably find me playing tennis, baking, playing with my niece or planning my next adventure.
On paper, EY seemed like a good fit, because it gave me the opportunity to use my experiences working in financial services and branch out into a new career. After meeting a number of people during the interview process, EY also proved to be a place where I could challenge myself and continue to develop.
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