Esra Kilic holds a master’s degree from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and is a consultant at EY. In this interview she tells you about how she started her career at EY, what she finds especially challenging in her daily work as a consultant and what her goals are for the future.
Esra, you joined EY after university. Were your expectations met?
I started as a consultant at EY after completing my master’s degree in business management at HSG. From the second week on, I was managing my first customer and subsequently carried out various projects throughout Europe. I learnt a lot from the beginning: It was motivating as I was also able to incorporate my knowledge of finance, corporate strategy and M&A from university. The trust placed in me and the opportunity to work on interesting projects with colleagues from all over the world is a challenge that I really enjoy now and grow from every day. Yes, my expectations were met.
What tasks does your job involve, and what traits are important in your daily work?
As a Consultant in our Transaction Advisory Services, I support customers in the operational implementation of acquisitions and sales of companies or parts of them. The aim is always to maximise business value and ensure business continuity throughout the entire integration process. This requires analytical problem-solving skills and a good feel for numbers, but most importantly good people skills. The daily interaction within the team and with different customers is what I enjoy most about my work.
Why did you decide to work for EY?
A good friend of mine was working at EY at the time. She told me about how flexible and international work is at EY, and about the abundance of training opportunities. That sounded very exciting to me. I was also able to identify with the company’s many initiatives and its vision of ‘building a better working world’, and my first impressions were confirmed in the interviews that followed.
I also got to know my work colleagues at EY a lot better, and at times, we spend our free time together. That makes life so much easier and more enjoyable.
What plans do you have for the future?
I’m currently undergoing a promotion review to move from Senior Consultant to Manager. My short-term goal thus is to meet the demands related to the new role. These include maintaining and developing customer contacts and successfully acquiring new customers in the medium term. It would be highly satisfying if I managed to acquire a new client project in the near future.
What tips can you give applicants or graduates?
Your past experience, be it an internship or setting up a web shop, is what makes you stand out. It is also very important to be confident to clearly convey why you are interested in a position. Last but not least, creativity can be extremely helpful for your application.
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