We want to be inspired by women like you. Purpose-driven women who challenge conventional ways of thinking, who dare to ask questions to seek better answers. Women who want to build a better working world.
Discover how you can kick start your career journey in corporate finance and bring to life your purpose at the same time. This is more than just a global competition – it offers the chance to:
- Start making long-lasting contacts who will drive your consulting career forward
- Learn about the variety of career experiences in transactions
- Discover how a leading-class professional services organisation adds value through purpose and diversity to our clients
It’s why we’re supporting the Corporate Finance Woman of the Year (CFWOY) competition in eighteen countries around the world.
Are you willing to take action? You could be on your way to London to the global EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year competition grand final in February 2019.
Enter the competition today!
How can I enter?
The competition is split into three stages. Throughout, we will be looking for evidence of purpose and analytical strength – as well as the practical skills that will distinguish you in the competition.
- Stage 1 – Application and Regional competition
Firstly, we will challenge you to answer questions on transactions and the broader business environment in 700 words or less. Submit your entry here.
Entries will open on 23 July 2018 and close 12 noon, 24 August 2018 (AEST).
If your application is successful, you will be invited to a local EY office to participate in the Regional competitions. You will analyse and present on a transaction case study to our EY judges. Note that successful applicants from New Zealand will be invited to the EY Auckland office for their Regional competition.
Do well in Stage 1 and you will become a regional winner, rewarded with a trip to Sydney to compete in the Oceania competition.
Click here to download a copy of the competition questions.
- Stage 2 – Oceania competition
In the second stage, you will participate in individual and group activities. The Oceania winner will receive an internship opportunity in their local EY office and will represent Oceania at the Global competition. Second and third place winners will also receive internship opportunities.
- Stage 3 – Global competition
Taking place in London, United Kingdom in February 2019, the successful Oceania winner will work closely with other finalists from across the world. You will be challenged with individual and group activities in front of EY leaders, clients and academia. At the Global competition, finalists will attend an awards ceremony where the overall Corporate Finance Woman of the Year winner will be announced.
What can I win?
Prizes that last a lifetime
By entering the competition you can:
- Make long-lasting, meaningful connections with EY leadership that will benefit your career
- Network with females working in a global organisation that embodies a supportive and collaborative culture
- Differentiate yourself from other graduates in an increasingly competitive job market
The winner, second and third place winners from the Oceania competition will receive an internship opportunity in their local EY office. The overall Oceania winner will travel to London, United Kingdom in February 2019 and participate in the Global competition.
What is the Corporate Finance Woman of the Year (CFWOY) competition?
The CFWOY competition was created by EY to reward and encourage the next generation of female transactions professionals.
The competition serves to:
1. Reaffirm the growing importance of transactions knowledge in the world of business among female university students.
2. Promote the emergence of young talented professionals in the field of transactions, thus fostering interest in the profession as a potential future career
- What is the difference between the country and global competition?
Participants in each state in Australia and the New Zealand winner will compete in the Oceania competition. The Oceania competition winner will then compete against her peers from the sixteen other participating countries in the Global competition in February 2019.
When did the program start?
The CFWOY competition started in 2017 with seven participating countries including Australia.
How many countries are involved?
In 2019, female university students will represent eighteen countries at the global final.
Inspiring careers in transactions
Explore and find out more about the careers of women in transactions. Be inspired about their journeys.
Read the EY press release.
Congratulations to the following 2017 state winners
- WA — Shaneli Dias (University of Western Australia) and Jessica Young (University of Western Australia)
- VIC — Ai Lin Soo (Monash University) and Olivia McFarlane (RMIT)
- QLD — Niama Beaton (University of Queensland) and Micaela Lusa (University of Queensland)
- NSW — Rebecca Zhang (University of Sydney) and Aarthi Packirisamy (Macquarie University)
Hear from the Australian winner, Rebecca Zhang who represented Australia at the global final in London in February 2018.
Rebecca Zhang, Australia finalist
Campus: University of Sydney
Degree: Bachelor of Commerce
Rebecca Zhang first developed her interest in corporate finance through an inspirational high school economics teacher. While she seriously considered other career options, the opportunity to have an impact during the most important times in an organization’s life, and the variety of market sectors that a corporate finance career would give her exposure to, continue to hold her interest.
“What I discovered about the importance of both the advisory component and relationships in corporate finance really changed my view of the career path. I’ve always wanted to balance the technical focus with a people focus in my career, and I didn’t realize how much I could have this in a career in Transactions,” she said.
Studying for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney is an important step towards that career goal. Entering the EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year competition has been another.
Rebecca says that is has been an incredible opportunity to talk to EY people about what it’s really like to pursue a career in corporate finance. “The university experience gives you a good understanding of the technical process and what outcomes should theoretically look like. However, while you do need the knowledge and expertise to form a solution, the solution is useless if you can’t convey it properly, or express it in the correct way to your client,” she said.
As part of the competition experience, EY people talked in detail about the types of transactions they were involved in, and how they go about developing and implementing solutions. “I had no idea of the diversity of specialists that often collaborate on any one transaction, and the diversity of roles and career paths possible within corporate finance,” she remarked.
Rebecca believes that a lot of women don’t necessarily consider a corporate finance career option, but the EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year competition is an important opportunity for them to get a taste of what it’s really like.
“I believe this competition will provide me with an excellent opportunity to gain the right experience to become a leader in the future,” she said.
Highlights from Rebecca Zhang’s journey to the global final that took place in London during the 27-28 February 2018
Lena Förster from Germany was named the first EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year.