EY Graduate Profiles

Meet EY at the 2019 CDES Internship Career Expo on 1 August!

Montanna Bowyer

  • University of Auckland graduate
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Biomedical Engineering

What is it like working for your organisation and was it what you expected or was it different?
Before you start any job, I think there’s always some anxiety about whether you’ll like it, if you’ll fit in with the team, if you can actually do the job—or at least that’s how it was for me.

I joined the Infrastructure Advisory team, which is part of Transaction Advisory Services, at the beginning of March this year. I don’t have a background in finance, and all I knew about infrastructure before I started was that it had something to do with buildings. I was initially really concerned that I would be in over my head, and struggle to meet expectations.

It was definitely a massive learning curve when I first started, and I’m still learning new things every day, but that’s what I really enjoy about what I do. I started working on client deliverables from the outset, which was nerve wracking to say the least. I had a tremendous amount of support from the team, and have been given very useful feedback along the way. I’m now confident the work I deliver is to the standard it needs to be, and I know I have a great support network among the team to lean on when I need to.

I’ve also learned that the work we do doesn’t just involve something to do with buildings. We have an incredibly diverse range of projects across a number of different sectors - there’s really something to suit everyone. This role is so much more varied than I thought it was going to be, and it’s really exciting to know that no two projects are the same.

What advice would you give to students wanting to take part in an internship/graduate programme?
I can’t recommend the Internship/Graduate Programme enough, I’d definitely say “Go for it!”. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience and you learn so much.

Whether you’re a graduate or an intern, you get exposed to some really amazing projects. As soon as you walk in the door, you’re a part of the team. You’ll be jumping right into projects and directly contributing to client deliverables - you are not going to be asked to fetch coffee or do admin. We want to get to know you, and we want you to get to know us too, and the best way to do that is to work together. We’re excited to see what you bring to the table, and we encourage you to share your experience.

Joining as an intern or graduate also allows you to establish those connections that will become really important as you progress with your career. There is the opportunity to work a great range of teams and people, with all sorts of different backgrounds. That kind of experience is invaluable.

All that said, my three main takeaways from joining as a graduate are:

  • Be open; open to learning new things, open to opportunities, and be open to trying, even if it’s something completely different to anything you’ve done before.
  • Be confident; you have a wealth of experiences and knowledge unique to you, don’t be afraid to show that off.
  • Have fun; we want to see your personality shine and the best way to do that is to have a bit of fun.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
To be honest, I don’t have a very clear and specific idea of where I see myself in 5-10 years time. Circumstances can change in an instant, and I’m a huge advocate of taking advantage of as many opportunities you can and seeing where life takes you. When I was younger I desperately wanted to be a marine biologist, which switched to wanting to be a lawyer throughout most of high school. By the time it came down to choosing my university degree, I thought engineering was the right path for me. Right now, I’m absolutely loving my graduate role. With the path I took, I try not to think too much on the details of where I’ll be in the future, and instead focus on the types of skills and attributes I want to develop.

In my role, I’m fortunate enough to have plenty of opportunities to work across a number of different sectors. Over the next few years I want to find out where my passion lies - at the moment I’m enjoying working on a health sector project, but I’m excited to get stuck into projects across different sectors. In the future, I’d like to be valued for my expertise, and I’m looking forward to developing my leadership skills, and perhaps taking on more of a managerial role.

In short, I have no idea, but I’m so excited to find out!

Regan Cook

  • University of Auckland graduate
  • Bachelor of Commerce - Accounting and Commercial Law

What is it like working for your organisation and was it what you expected or was it different?
I really had no idea what to expect when I applied for a job at EY in New Zealand. I’d heard the stories about the ‘intimidating and scary’ professional services industry, but from the moment I arrived at the interview I could tell that the organisation was a collection of friendly and like-minded people. I expected that my social life won’t be as good as it had been, but found that my new job promoted a healthy work-life balance and had lots of different processes in place to make sure I didn’t go completely insane with the workload I was given. EY fosters an incredible supportive and open work environment; the perfect place to start a career in accounting.

What advice would you give to students wanting to take part in an internship/graduate programme?
While there are many pathways for students wanting to start a career in professional services, there is no better way to start off than in an Internship or Graduate Programme. These programmes offer the tools and support that can set you up for the rest of your career. My advice would be to apply as early as you can (most big organisations have a rolling recruitment process) and if you manage to secure a place in either programme, seize every opportunity with both hands. Being an intern is the perfect opportunity to ‘experience the role and organisation.’ If you finish the programme and you love it, you can move onto becoming a graduate having already had more experience than a lot of your peers, and if you don’t then you can change course and try something else.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
I honestly have no idea where I’ll be in 5-10 years’ time! I would love to travel with my job, perhaps to the UK or Canada. Moving countries is pretty easy once you’ve worked in a global organisation like EY.