Marcos Gómez Abal, who graduated from the IE Master in Management in 2016, joined EY-Luxembourg as Audit Assistant last September. Before IE he was a Planning and Management Control Intern at INDITEX in their headquarters in Galicia, Spain. This was fundamental for him to start understanding how a leading company works and provided him with a clearer idea on what to do in his future.
Q: Can you please tell us briefly about the job?
A: I am currently working in Assurance, which gives me the opportunity to work in different industries at the beginning, and in the future I’ll be tackling specific sectors I like the most. Moving from one sector to another as well as within teams and clients really helps to improve managerial and organizational skills, learning the different problem solving processes used in the diverse areas of the business.
This fast-moving environment is highly demanding and quite intense sometimes, this makes it exciting. In this company you have access to key clients that you would never have had the opportunity to meet in another organization. We are learning every single day from our colleagues, clients and besides we have a lot of time for training at EY, improving not only knowledge but also social skills.
Luxembourg is becoming one of the main hubs for finance in Europe, which explains why many firms in the forefront of the market nowadays are coming to establish some operations here. The atmosphere is truly diverse and international.
Q: How did you find out about this job opportunity?
A: I found out about this opportunity through the IE Career Portal. I applied to the Audit Recruitment Days at EY Luxembourg; afterwards, I had a phone interview and had to fly to Luxembourg for the Recruitment Day.
Q: How did Talent and Careers and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process? Did you use specific career resources or did you come across useful information via an advisor or alumni?
First of all, when you start the program you have to meet your Career Advisor that has been assigned to you, in my case this was Ana Olaguibel. This was very useful for me because since then I had a contact to support me in the process I was involved, as well as for Ana because by having previous information about myself, she was able to provide the best way to advise and guide me through the interview process.
When I was invited to attend the Recruitment Days I contacted Ana, who already knew my situation, skills and expectations to further discuss the following steps and how to face the next phase. We received information directly from the Luxembourg office regarding the steps I was about to face; this it was really helpful to prepare in advance.
Q: How was the recruiting process?
Before coming to Luxembourg to attend the Recruitment Days, I had a phone interview where most of the questions were related to my CV and about relocating to Luxembourg. Once I passed the phone screening, the recruitment event continued during two long days at the EY Luxembourg premises.
The first day, I arrived to the hotel where I met with the human resources personnel and went directly to the welcome cocktail organized close to the office. I had the opportunity to meet a lot of professionals from the business. This meeting was a really good opportunity to ask all the questions you have in mind in an informal environment before the interviews.
The second day, starting early in the morning, we received a company presentation, followed by a group exercise and a language test. Then, after the break, we faced three interviews, first with human resources and then two more with the business line, people you will be working with. After an intense morning and a lunch break to catch your breath, we were offered a tour through the offices and the city in order to relax and enjoy after the hard work to close the day.
Q: Would you want to share any tips or advice with student interested in applying to EY?
If you are interested in pursuing a career in finance it is not a secret that a position in Audit is a good start, but most importantly it is if you are motivated and passionate about this industry. This will allow you to acquire the big picture about any company business as well as further understanding of the accounting treatment of its daily operations. The dynamic environment will help you to grow quickly as a young professional and although, being new to the businesses or clients, you will have the possibility to apply concepts acquired from your academic or professional experiences.
At EY Luxembourg you will be quickly involved in new engagements and teams where you can truly make a difference. You will be in contact with the main companies around the world, interacting with clients and besides you will have the possibility to travel to different locations as well, which translates into an increase in knowledge and further personal development. But at the end, what it is most important is to be humble and respectful with the people you are working and living with because -sooner or later- if you are decided to achieve your goals, for sure you will make it. So many business leaders around the world got their start in Assurance, let’s see where it will lead me to.
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