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MBA school: Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Undergraduate degree: Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
Office: Chicago
EY business group and specialty: Transaction Advisory Services — Commercial Advisory Services
Rank: Senior
Time with EY: One year

What was the transition from business school to EY like?

My primary challenge was learning to follow the 80/20 rule: 80% of the work can be completed in 20% of the time. Over time, I've learned to identify where returns on my time start to diminish, and how to maximize my efforts. On the positive side, I've realized that my MBA education well prepared me to be a thought leader on project teams. MBAs have strong strategic thinking, analytical and creative problem-solving skills, and that's why EY hires us.

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

Strategies for Growth was my favorite class, and it strongly shaped my skills in industry analysis.

What was EY's interview process like for you?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

What interests or hobbies do you have outside of work?

I love sailing and windsurfing, but my two sons, ages 4 and 2, keep me pretty busy.

Why did you choose EY?

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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