Why did you decide to undertake the graduate study?
I knew I wanted to undertake further study after my Bachelor’s degree and I was looking to couple my science degree with an area in business. I found marketing interesting and thought it was a great way to increase my employability. Melbourne Business School (MBS) was my first choice to study Master of Marketing because I was familiar with the university and it had a great reputation
What was your Melbourne Business School highlight?
Definitely the Global Business Practicum subject, where you undertake consulting work for a real company overseas. I went to Shanghai for a two-week project in EY Shanghai’s Advisory division. It was a great opportunity to travel overseas and experience the work culture in another country.
What about the non-academic side of graduate study?
I was a part of the Global Consulting Group (GCG), a student club that does consult work for not-for-profit organisations. It was a great way to put the theoretical knowledge we had developed to good use. Working with GCG was also an ideal lead into full-time work, it provided really good insight into the problems clients often experience.
Tell us about what you do at EY
I am currently working in the Risk team in Advisory. We review our clients’ key activities and help them develop controls (if they aren’t already in place) that will assist in mitigating key risks.
I really enjoy how we get exposure to a number of different industries and business processes. EY has a large presence in the health sector, meaning that I am able to do work that couples my love for science with my growing knowledge of risk.
You started as an intern at EY. How did you get that chance?
The Global Business Practicum is largely responsible. At the end of our two-week project at EY Shanghai, we presented our work to one of the Advisory Partners. He liked what we had done and said he would be happy to be a referee if we wanted to apply for jobs at EY. So when the internship applications opened in Melbourne, he was the first person I reached out to.
What key learnings from Melbourne Business School do you apply in your work?
My MBS communication and management skills have helped in my everyday work at EY. All the practice I gained in presentations and discussions built my confidence.