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I joined EY as a summer intern initially, in the summer of 2011, in the former ITRA department under Advisory. From here, I was offered a place on the graduate scheme for Risk which ITRA has been transformed into, to join once I had finished my final year at university. Having studied Economics with Accounting at Loughborough University, I was always excited about being part of EY and a Big Four accounting firm.
My daily responsibilities include engaging with clients and meeting with them to understand the financial processes they implement and the IT controls in place to protect their systems/data. I perform data extraction and analytical testing on this data which allows us to identify potential risks in place in a company’s financial data.
Initially, I was quite tentative about my speech impediment at work as I didn’t know how people would react. However, I have found that by telling people from the outset of meeting them that I do have a speech impediment really helps to clear the air when I do stammer. In addition, I always mention that the best way for the client/other person to respond is just by giving me enough to time to finish which helps to manage their expectations and also reduces the pressure on my speech.
I have been in touch with Iain Wilkie who is a senior partner at EY and he has openly discussed his speech impediment and offered me any support required. He passed on some names of key contacts should I wish to have some speech therapy as well helping me to get involved with the Employer’s Stammering Network. In addition, I have had support from HR regarding the funding of any therapy. I feel EY promotes awareness of disabilities very well and the culture of the firm is very supportive in general.
The diversity culture is really ingrained into every project I work on and every person I work with. Everybody is very supportive and focus on what I have to say rather than how I have to say it. There is a definite understanding and awareness that even though I do have a speech impediment, I still have valuable contributions to provide to any conversations and I really enjoy the mutual respect every employee has for one another.
Degree / Previous: Economics with Accounting
Year Joined / Path : 2012
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