I'm going to be doing a Q&A with one of my managers at work (EY) - maybe several depending on how the first Q&A goes.
Does anyone have any specific questions that they'd like me to ask? Or just things they'd like to know about Big 4 life?
Note: These Managers work in Risk Assurance.
During my undergrad, I was over-involved with extracurricular activities. Although they kept me busy alongside my schoolwork and part-time job, they were the most important thing that helped me transition into the working world.
I currently work within a Risk Assurance role at Ernst and Young. The crazy-big audit that I am working on wraps up February 9th. Things are insanely busy. To put things into perspective, I clocked 75 chargeable hours last week. What keeps me focused right now is my past experience in similar circumstances – I remember last year, I got thrown into a situation where I had to assist in planning/implementing an internal case competition. There were a few long nights – and I had to juggle this on top of work and school. Dealing with conflicting priorities under a time crunch while you’re still in university can help you significantly in your first few years at work.
Extracurriculars also helped me learn how to handle… “different” people. And when I say “different”, I’m not talking about cultural diversity. I’m talking about flakey people. You know them – the ones who promise they’ll do something but then screw you over at the last moment. Unfortunately, some of them have made it into the real world. Having experience with them before you start working full-time will put you in a good spot.
Finally, extracurriculars helped me not only land interviews, but also gave me meaningful things to discuss during behavioural questions.
Do you think extracurriculars are important? Or do you think you can transition into the working world easily without them? ALSO: I’ve love to hear some of your most fun/not-so-fun experiences with them!
-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador