Vaibhav Mattoo joined our Financial Services Advisory practice after he completed his MBA – read his story here, or watch his short video at the end of this post.
In 2015 I moved from Jammu in India to Ireland to complete my MBA at Trinity College Dublin. Through my course, I got the opportunity to meet some Directors from Advisory who gave me great insights into what happens in the industry and how it works. The project-based structure of my MBA was a good grounding for a career in Advisory and I thought, that’s the type of work I would like to pursue going forward.
A typical day varies from client to client but the essence of my role is having deeper conversations with clients, understanding what their problems are, and helping them solve those problems with the latest tools and technologies while leveraging the global EY Financial Services network.
There are lots of things I find satisfying about my job – the varying pace, the peaks and troughs, keeps things interesting for me. I also enjoy the eclectic nature of my role; I’ve worked on different sets of engagements from digital transformation to strategic acquisition, with direct access to C-suite and senior management. That wealth of experience provides rich learning opportunities and has given me a better understanding of different perspectives. I’d say the vastly diverse and inclusive culture within EY promotes speaking our minds – everyone is given an equal opportunity to speak at the table.
The clients I work with are mainly insurance companies and banks. There are great relationships between our teams and the clients – you spend a lot of time together, form a strong bond and build a very strong network.
While I am largely based on client sites, I come into the office whenever I get a chance. Knowledge sharing is important, as are networking events that provide opportunities to connect with colleagues. The team also brings in people from various companies, from start-ups to large institutions, to talk to us about what’s happening in their organisation. It’s a great way to stay ahead of what’s happening in industry.
I think anyone who wants an opportunity to learn and gain significant experience within a relatively short period of time should definitely consider an Advisory career. You’re given so many opportunities to develop your skills – adaptability is key, as are flexibility and problem-solving. Being analytical is also important. If you want to grow and develop in a rewarding and fast-paced environment, I believe EY Financial Services would be a good fit for you.
If you are interested in a career with EY Financial Services Ireland, browse our current vacancies here.