PatrickMBA school: Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Undergraduate degree: Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
EY business group and specialty: Transaction Advisory Services — Commercial Advisory Services
Time with EY: One year
Strategies for Growth was my favorite class, and it strongly shaped my skills in industry analysis.
I wasn't 100% sure I understood what this job involved until the second-round interview in New York. Once I learned the details, I became really excited. This is exactly the kind of work I wanted. In my first interview, I sized the market for bicycles in Ann Arbor, MI. In the second round, I sized the US market for chairs and estimated the volume of water that flows through shower heads in New York City in a year.
Our projects are pretty short (two to six weeks, typically), so my work schedule is pretty unpredictable. Since we don't travel much, I spend most of my time in the office. We typically start with secondary research to understand an industry and the major competitors. Then we conduct primary research, interviewing experts and industry participants for insights not available in secondary research. Finally, we analyze data and build slides for the client.
I helped an automotive startup quantify the opportunity in a joint venture they were considering. I worked closely with the CEO and CFO, and by the end of the project, the client was turning to me for insight far beyond the specific scope of our engagement. We'd earned the role of strategic advisors.
I love sailing and windsurfing, but my two sons, ages 4 and 2, keep me pretty busy.
I think we all choose EY for different reasons. For me, it was the opportunity to work in mergers and acquisitions and remain confident I could maintain some work-life balance. Since joining EY, I've joined Beyond, our organization for LGBT and ally employees, and I’ve been impressed with how EY leads in this space. Beyond serves not only to knit a closer EY community, but also to engage clients by actively promoting a better working world.
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