Working at EY or one of the other Big Four accounting firms is a career goal for many students.
One of the key factors that will boost your job applications is research.
- How well do you really know EY?
- How well do you understand the job role?
The more you can uncover about a company and their culture, the more confident you will feel when you are writing your application answers or when you are in an interview. Carrying out in depth research really is time well spent. We’ve gathered insights from several senior industry professionals and will share some of these on our blog.
Working at EY – Interview with Katia Andropova
Name: Katia Andropova
Job Title: Manager, UK Risk Transformation IT Advisory (London)
Background: Katia has over 4 years experience at EY. She has proven financial services expertise in capital markets equity derivatives trading and fund management, and is trilingual in English, French and Russian.
1) Can you describe your current role? Where are you based?
I am a Manager in the Financial Services Advisory, Risk Technology team. My EY team works with some of the leading Investment Banks across UK and EMEIA helping our clients assess, design, and deploy holistic risk management and regulatory compliance solutions.
Based in London (Canary Wharf and City).
2) How did you begin your career after you graduated?
I started my professional career with an internship at AGF Asset Management in Paris.
3) What’s it like working at EY?
EY is a large company present everywhere across the globe but every office has its own distinctive atmosphere/culture. The London office is very cosmopolitan. I’d say most people speak 3 languages. People are open, approachable but can be very competitive. EY is also a partnership, so the culture is very entrepreneurial.
4) What do you enjoy most about your job? What do you find challenging?
Positives: Working for a company like EY brings a lot of opportunities to drive and shape your own career, there is a multi-cultural environment and no shortage of great people to learn from.
Challenges: Like all big companies, it is sometimes hard to navigate.
5) What skills/attributes are essential in your job?
Pro-activity, flexibility, structured problem solving, being able to adapt to different situations/people/cultures.
Obviously technical expertise, depending on the area, e.g. Capital Markets.
6) Could you give current graduates any tips/advice about applying to EY?
EY runs several graduate schemes and we have hundreds of young people starting their 2 year graduate programme every year. My advice is to be yourself during the interviews/assessment centres, demonstrate genuine interest in the company and be able to articulate your career aspirations.
If you want to work at EY or one of the Big Four, get in touch with us today for a free consultation with one of our coaching team.