Ciara, Financial Services Advisory Consultant, EY

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    Ciara

    French and Spanish (BA 2015)

    Financial Services Advisory Consultant, EY (Ernst & Young)

Since leaving Bristol…

After graduating from Bristol in July 2015, I completed a six week summer internship at EY within the International Tax Services Team. It was a great experience and I learned a lot, but decided that a career in tax wasn’t for me. However, I used my remaining time in the firm to network and attend events to find out about other areas of the business and to decide what I might like to do next. I was very fortunate as one of the partners I reached out to for advice as an intern offered me a graduate position in the Financial Services Advisory Consulting Team.

In my current job…

Within FS Advisory, I am aligned to the Performance Improvement team, working in Strategy, Customer and Operations. It is a very varied role and I am currently working with a leading British retail bank as a project manager overseeing a major strategic transformation. On the two year graduate programme I can expect to rotate across EY’s Retail Banking, Insurance, Wealth and Asset Management, and Banking and Capital Markets teams. I will have the chance to work on a wide range of different projects, ranging from helping financial institutions attract and retain customers and increase their market share to advising an organization on their long term business strategy. I spend most of my time working on site with clients across London and the rest of the UK, with the possibility for international travel as I become more experienced.

Having a UoB degree…

A Bristol degree is very well respected and at an early stage of your career where you may not yet have much professional experience it is a great selling point.

Hints/tips…

Network, network, network! I didn’t apply for my current role – I approached a partner in FS Advisory for some career advice and to find out more about his service line. We had coffee together at the end of my internship and in a very lucky case of right place right time he offered me a graduate position on the spot. I never thought that a coffee would turn into job and it was a really valuable lesson early on in my career about the importance of networking and putting yourself out there. Whilst at university I was afraid to approach senior people as I thought they would be too busy to spend time with a student but in the majority of cases this couldn’t be further from the truth. In my experience, enthusiasm and pro-activeness counts for a lot and people are more than happy to help where they can.