MichelleMBA school: Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Undergraduate degree: Mechanical Engineering, Queen's University
Office: New York
EY business group and specialty: Advisory — Performance Improvement — Enterprise Intelligence
Time with EY: Four months
Leadership and Integrative Thinking. The technical courses such as Finance also were very helpful, but I believe Leadership really taught me how to interact with all sorts of people and how to adapt my style in order to help people better respond to me. This is incredibly useful in Advisory, where we work with many people on the client side and internally.
I really enjoyed it and felt that the interviewers and the process reflected the culture and expectations at EY. Even though my first interview was a case study, the interviewer was personable and made me feel comfortable. I also felt that the study was a good example of a problem that would actually need to be solved, and not the type of vague riddle you hear horror stories about.
I typically begin by preparing for all of my meetings and updating administrative tasks. My week is usually jam-packed with meetings throughout the day, mixed with work on outstanding tasks. I'm on a global project, so I may have calls day or night. I make sure my calendar is organized! Fridays I can be found at the New York City office finishing client work, tying up loose ends and catching up with other EYers!
I was little nervous starting my current project, as I was replacing an EY colleague who had been here three years and had a wonderful reputation at the client site. I knew it would be challenging to live up to her reputation. My favorite moment was when my Senior Manager told me the client was very happy with me and impressed with how well I integrated into the company. It meant a lot that I was able to maintain the EY brand.
I love being active. Currently I'm training for a half marathon and play in a recreational (American) football league on the weekends. I've also discovered some excellent hiking trails in the area! Since I'm new to New York, I also enjoy spending time experiencing the city. Broadway shows, new restaurants, visiting museums, exploring Central Park...there's always something new and interesting to do, so I try to plan something each week that I haven't done before.
The people and the opportunity. For years, several people told me what an excellent place EY is to work, and that the culture supports work-life balance, growth and development. After getting my MBA, I wanted to join a company that would offer a lifetime of career opportunities. With EY’s global presence, reputation for quality and the growth it has experienced in the last few years, I knew it was the place for me.
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