JasonMBA school: Howard University School of Business
Undergraduate degree: Finance, University of Hartford
Office: New York
EY business group and specialty: Advisory — Financial Services Office — Performance Improvement
Time with EY: 20 months
The transition from business school to Ernst & Young was pretty smooth. The first month or two was a definite change, as you have to get used to the longer work schedule, and learning curve associated with consulting. However, Ernst & Young has a great team of people that assists in acclimating new individuals into the team. What surprised me was how fellow Ernst & Young colleagues welcomed me with open arms.
Various classes at my business school helped me achieve some success at Ernst & Young. I think two classes in particular — Project Management and Cases in Finance — were very valuable. Project Management helped me understand the traits and characteristics that are needed to serve on a project, and ensure a project is completed in a timely manner and provides value to the client. In my Cases in Finance class, I was able to give group presentations and work in a team environment. These skills are expected at Ernst & Young.
The interview process was challenging, yet exciting. I met with Senior Managers, Partners and Directors who asked questions about the various work and school experiences that would translate to success at Ernst & Young. I got the opportunity to meet other colleagues from various schools throughout the Northeast and learn about their experiences. The most challenging aspect of the interview was participating in a group presentation in front of senior leadership at Ernst & Young. Fortunately, I did well.
Monday morning is spent traveling to the client site to perform work on my engagement for the week. I communicate with my Senior Manager and get a solid understanding of my responsibilities. During the week, I'm busy performing client work, conducting interviews and documenting my findings and recommendations. The end of the week consists of providing status updates to the client and Ernst & Young senior management on our progress. On Friday afternoon, I head back to New York to enjoy my weekend.
Helping a large financial services organization in establishing a vendor and affiliate management program has been a great experience. The client truly needed our assistance in establishing an effective management structure of their vendors that would improve their operational efficiency, and would help them satisfy external regulators. The client has been satisfied with our work thus far, allowing us to expand our relationship with them.
In my spare time, I enjoy running, lifting weights, playing basketball and relaxing at the beach during the summer.
I chose to join Ernst & Young due to the extensive experience I would get working on challenging projects within exciting industries for Fortune 100 companies. Also, I knew choosing Ernst & Young would allow me to work and foster relationships with like-minded driven, ambitious individuals.
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