Katie Smith UCD Graduate
From UCD Economics to EY Assurance
I joined EY in 2015 through the Summer Internship Programme. As a UCD economics student I had no preference in which service line to join but I am glad I found myself in Assurance. I later returned on EY’s Assurance Graduate Programme and I have not looked back. Since joining EY the firm has explicitly recognised the importance of my lifelong learning and development. It is comforting to know that EY takes personal and professional development, in particular, educational development, as serious as us graduates do!
A career in Assurance allows you to gain exposure to the building blocks of an extremely fast paced and competitive market. Working with some of the world’s highest performing teams, every day will present you with numerous opportunities to learn and develop not only in terms of your career but also yourself. You will soon come to the realisation that your EY experience will serve as an invaluable platform to your career and however long you decide to stay, it will always stand by you.
My top tips for joining EY Assurance would be to enter with an open mind and be ready to learn – a lot and fast. The ideal candidate is someone who enjoys a fast paced and challenging environment – someone with energy, enthusiasm and courage to lead. Someone that also demonstrates respect and integrity and works well in a team. At EY it is important that you are flexible and adapt quickly to new challenges and work environments.
Studying at UCD gave me the opportunity to apply for EY. But working for EY has given me the opportunity to lay a solid foundation for my career journey ahead.