5 minute read 14 Jun 2021
The golden rule in IT security

Staying connected with your most trusted network inspires new opportunities

By Marcus Gageby

EY Ireland Consulting Partner and Alumni Partner Sponsor

Leader in supporting clients through Major Transformational Programmes. Usually involving significant technology and people workstreams.

5 minute read 14 Jun 2021
Related topics Tech sector Growth

Tapping into a trusted network can open up a whole new world of possibilities, both professionally and personally.

With over one million members worldwide and 4,000 registered on the Irish portal, the EY Alumni programme offers former EY employees’ access to a powerful national and international network where they can share experiences, seek advice and avail of new career opportunities.

“When people leave EY we want them to be able to leverage all of our experience and connect with us to help them throughout their careers,” says EY Ireland Alumni Partner Sponsor Marcus Gageby. “Through the Alumni Programme we provide them with a network they may not know about, and we also give them access to thought leadership from with EY that they might find useful as the progress through their careers. That includes the latest thinking on sustainability, digital transformation, and technology adoption. We also offer deep insights into sector areas including utilities, government and financial services.”

EY’s sectoral and global reach is also important. “When our alumni move into new roles in different companies or functions it is likely that there will be other EY alumni working in the same sector or indeed the same company. The programme helps them connect with each other to share valuable experience and advice.”

Having been in EY now for over 14 years, one of the most valuable assets to me is my EY Alumni network – this group of trusted friends, guides and mentors, who are always there for me. Along with the powerful and valuable connections, being part of the alumni network also gives you access to a host of other benefits fitting your needs.
Marcus Gageby
Alumni Partner Sponsor, EY Ireland

The Alumni Programme is also very valuable to EY. “Our alumni tend to be brand ambassadors for EY,” Gageby explains. “They are out there explaining what EY is like to work for, telling people about our services and so on. It is important for us to keep our alumni up to date with what is happening in EY.”

EY has been assessing options to enhance the EY Ireland alumni network in 2020 and COVID acted as a further catalyst for this. “Over the coming year we want to expand the programme to become the market leading alumni network across the island of Ireland. We are putting a lot of effort in to make it work for members. We are keeping members updated with the Alumni Connect e-zine. We are letting them know EY is up to, featuring new services, and highlighting events like our CFO seminar which they can attend.”

The e-zine is also used to shine a spotlight on some of EY Ireland alumni  working in important roles in Ireland and overseas. “To date we’ve profiled Risteard Sheridan, Company Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer with aviation leasing firm AerCap; Barbara Nestor, Director of Group Culture Transformation and Internal Communications with Bank of Ireland; James Farrell, Head of Strategic Policy with the IDA; Claire Corish, Credit Suisse Director of Digital Banking Capabilities; Nick Redmond, Chief Operating Officer - Direct-to-Consumer at Glanbia Performance Nutrition; and Bob Finlay, Global Head of IT Audit with Glanbia. We are using the series to bring to life what our alumni are doing in a very wide variety of roles but at home and on the international stage.”

As society slowly reopens there are plans to hold get-togethers and local events in EY Ireland’s Cork, Limerick, Belfast, Galway and Waterford offices as well as in the Dublin HQ. “We are really looking forward to having our alumni visit our offices to show them things like our wavespace innovation centre and to talk about things like our rapidly growing technology consulting practice. We want to do more local events in our regional offices as well. We also have alumni communities in specialist areas like aircraft leasing and taxation and we will be holding roundtable events for them.”

“We have invited alumni to key events on our calendar like the Entrepreneur of the Year awards, the CFO Conference, the Programme Leaders event, and the International Audit Think Tank,” he adds. “It’s all about the network effect and getting other people to help you solve problems. Our alumni can leverage this powerful network to get new ideas on how to solve problems facing them and get help with asking better questions.”

Summary

Building a better working world doesn’t need to end when you leave EY. Strong connections within a trusted community have the potential to be transformative. Could this be the time to pick up the phone and open the door to new opportunities?

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By Marcus Gageby

EY Ireland Consulting Partner and Alumni Partner Sponsor

Leader in supporting clients through Major Transformational Programmes. Usually involving significant technology and people workstreams.

Related topics Tech sector Growth