My name is Isobel and I’m a consultant in the Strategy and Transactions service line and part of the Turnaround and Restructuring Strategy team. I studied a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in accounting and finance at the University of Western Australia, graduating in 2020. I joined as a graduate earlier this year after completing the Vacationer Program.
What’s a typical day for you?
Our team works with companies from every industry who face an array of difficulties. The challenges business might face can be macroeconomic or geopolitical changes, competitor innovation or changing stakeholder expectations. We work with companies to review their financial position and operations to then form a strategy to restructure or wind down the business whilst preserving value for creditors such as employees.
Every aspect of a company needs to be considered when looking at their position. We work alongside banks, lawyers, key stakeholders and directors to understand the businesses and the challenges they’re facing. We also work with creditors, suppliers and government bodies such as the ATO and ASIC to get an overall picture of the businesses position.
A day in our team might consist of drafting correspondence to government bodies, creating and maintaining a cash flow, reviewing litigation matters and liaising with lawyers or working with the business to understand operations.
Describe the culture at EY
EY understands that people have commitments outside of work and actively encourages work life balance and flexibility. Working from home is available in my team and service line. EY has so many opportunities outside of day to day work there is volunteering with EY Ripples, sponsored further education and secondments to EY offices around the world. These opportunities create a culture where you are encouraged to develop both personally and professionally.
What’s been one highlight to date?
My first networking event at EY was with lawyers from an organisation we work closely with, we played beach volleyball! It was a great informal way to break the ice and get to know them better whilst being in the fresh air.
What’s a tip you would give to incoming graduates and vacationers?
Be open to any opportunity you’re given and make the most of what’s on offer at EY. This might be working with another team or attending professional events. Every experience will be an opportunity to meet people and learn something new.