Meet Nick, Consultant, Sydney
In my role as an EY Data & Analytics consultant I leverage my background as a software developer to develop outcomes tailored to the client’s needs.
I completed a Bachelor of Information Technology and graduated from Macquarie University in 2013. While at uni I always assumed I would become a typical software developer at a large company. My perspectives changed however when I got some work experience and I realised how it wasn’t for me.
Every aspect of my degree has played a part in my work. From information systems, discrete maths to programming – it has all shaped my experience and knowledge which I can pass on to colleagues and provide to clients.
Why EY Data & Analytics?
I had heard a lot about Enterprise Intelligence from a friend who was recruited by EY Data & Analytics. After he told me the broad spectrum of tasks he gets to work on and the interactions he has with key stakeholders I wanted to be signed up right away!
A typical day for me
Spend 40% of my time writing SQL or Python code for client and team projects.
Spend 10% of my time creating Tableau dashboards.
Spend 25% of my time working with the team to come up with approaches to our collective issues.
Spend the remaining 25% of my time figuring out why things don’t work the way I want them to, i.e. “Why are my numbers off by one?!”, “Python what are you doing?”
I’ve been able to work at client sites and experience their work culture, go on secondment, travel interstate - and volunteer my time at a local charity as part of the EY Foundation.
We work towards a better world for every client, team and person we work with. We’re always looking for ways to improve performance and keep that morale high!
I have worked with numerous teams and EY Data & Analytics takes the cake for the smartest, funniest and dedicated bunch. Everyone is from all different walks of life but we blend together in a nice cohesive fashion. The best thing I find is that there is no wall between the management hierarchies – everyone is approachable.
My advice to students
Get more into databases; they are useful in ANY job you take. Don’t just avoid them because they seem mundane – they are fantastically powerful. Oh and the data they give you at uni is nothing like the real world, a good clean dataset? You’re dreaming!
You’ll find that being able to see the bigger picture is perhaps the most important skill. Taking that step back and thinking, where can I take this? What are we working towards? Ask better questions.