Aiyza Lone shares her experiences of working in our Advisory Risk and Regulation team at EY Financial Services. If you are considering an Advisory career, read Aiyza’s story and watch her short video at this end of this post.
I worked in EY Pakistan for five years and completed my accountancy training there. One of the things that attracted me to the firm was its international nature and the opportunity to live and work abroad. I wanted to grow personally and professionally and, with Brexit and all of the regulatory changes that are happening, Ireland was the natural choice.
There were definitely challenges in moving to a different country – such as acclimatising to the Irish weather – but EY still felt like home. It was comforting to work with the systems and processes I was used to, the culture was similar and the people were, and are, so friendly. I moved in February 2018 as a senior consultant and was promoted to manager this year.
The work I do with the Risk and Regulation team is very varied – everything from regulatory projects to risk transformation, control processes, internal audits and more. Every project is different and my clients come from every sector of financial services, which keeps things interesting, and I split my time between client sites, the EY office or working from home. It’s a good mix.
I find that EY is very accommodating of how individuals like to work. For example, I am not a morning person but I work best in the evening, and EY gives me the flexibility to set my own routine. The people on my team are also lovely. They are supportive and collaborative – they’re always trying to build you up. It’s a very friendly culture and one that allows you to try new things and develop your skillset.
Working at EY has equipped me with the tools to stand in front of industry players and put forward my opinion as a trusted advisor, to help them face their business challenges. The recognition and appreciation that we get from our clients is something that makes me feel proud to be a part of EY.