EY Newcastle case studies

Author - Kay Wilson

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The Newcastle office of EY encourages young people in their careers and has some great stories to tell of how they have developed.

Here are four excellent examples:

Sarra Malik

What is your name, age and town of residence?

My name is Sarra Malik, I am 19 years old, and I am originally from Rochdale, Greater Manchester

What is your main educational achievement, if you did a degree what was it in and where did you do it?

I am currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Business Leadership and Management Practice as a part of my apprenticeship with EY which is based in Newcastle

What is your current role and what do you do, what do you enjoy about it?

I work as an associate within Consulting Service Delivery (CSD), and my job includes working across projects to help our clients achieve their goals. I love the opportunities that I get to learn on the job whilst working towards my degree.

What career’s advice do you have for other people looking to develop their career?

For those looking to develop in their career, my advice would be to try it! Apply for that job, sit in on that meeting, say yes to that opportunity. I applied for this job on a whim and now I am here, you never know which decision could take you to the next stage of your career.

We are also interested in anything else you are proud about, e.g. sports awards etc.

My biggest achievement so far would be the recent recognition that I received as a top performer within CSD for my contributions to my project.

Jabir Ahmed

What is your name, age and town of residence?

Jabir Ahmed, 32, Newcastle upon Tyne

What is your main educational achievement, if you did a degree what was it in and where did you do it?

Degree – Business and Finance at Sunderland University

What is your current role and what do you do, what do you enjoy about it?

Working as an inward investment manager within Department for International Trade. I work with foreign owned businesses within the Financial and Professional Services sector who are looking to launch or expand in the UK. The best thing about my job is working with colleagues around the world in different Consulates / Embassies and in turn with international companies to help showcase the UK as being the best place to set up and expand in. I get to highlight the incredible diversity within the UK and our strength as a Global leader in attracting Foreign Direct Investment.

What career’s advice do you have for other people looking to develop their career?

Be your best authentic self and never be shy about who you are!

We are also interested in anything else you are proud about, e.g. sports awards etc.

Helping set up the Young Asian Professions Network in Newcastle

Aquil Tariq

What is your name, age and town of residence?

Aquil Tariq, 27 and Newcastle upon Tyne

What is your main educational achievement, if you did a degree what was it in and where did you do it?

My main educational achievement was completing college in order to be eligible for university. This was extremely difficult to achieve given I left school with only a Maths and English GCSE. My degree was in International Business Management and took place at Northumbria University.

What is your current role and what do you do, what do you enjoy about it?

I am currently an anti-money laundering executive at EY. The thing I enjoy most is the variations of KYC from standard to high risk, and the fact I am constantly up to date with the latest guidance regarding FinCrime and the regulatory industry.

What career’s advice do you have for other people looking to develop their career?

My main advice would be to not let ‘qualifications’ serve as a barrier. If there is an area you want to develop in, there is always a point of entry be that through experience, tenacity, or additional courses to take in order to reach your goal. The most important thing to remember for myself personally, is the journey to reach a career goal or the journey of development; is much more enjoyable than just sitting at the top!

We are also interested in anything else you are proud about, e.g. sports awards etc.

I was proud to purchase my first home which I decided to make a business out of by placing it on rent, becoming a landlord and gaining hands on experience in the property industry. I’m also proud of my fitness journey and happy to say I am a skilled kickboxer.

John Crich

What is your name, age and town of residence?

John Crich, 23, Shotton Colliery

What is your main educational achievement, if you did a degree what was it in and where did you do it?

I did not go to university, however I have achieved a L3 in IT at college in addition to a L3 in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship at college via the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. Highlight of the PJEA course was to meet Peter Jones himself in person at the graduation festival called ENTFEST.

What is your current role and what do you do, what do you enjoy about it?

Current role is working in Operations within UKFS Consulting Service Delivery where we run the day-to-day business operations within CSD whilst looking at ways to drive efficiency within CSD by automating as many tools as possible.

I enjoy the automation builds aspect of Operations as I get the opportunity to experience and play with new technologies that are available in the firm to drive efficiencies within CSD.

What career’s advice do you have for other people looking to develop their career?

In general, I recommend looking into what the market is like currently for clients and try to upskill yourself around the technologies to build end using computing tools for clients. Also, to do extensive research and continue to learn as every day is a learning day and you can be surprised as to what you can achieve.

We are also interested in anything else you are proud about, e.g. sports awards etc.

I was nominated for IT Volunteer of the Year award for the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards, however I did not win the award, but it was a really good opportunity to be part of the event as a finalist.

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