Maurese's story

Maurese Gargan is a Risk Advisory Consultant in our Dublin Office. She studied Theoretical Physics in Trinity College Dublin. In her third year, she joined EY on our summer internship programme. A year later we asked her if she wouldn’t mind coming back to join us on our Graduate programme. Spoiler. She said yes.

“I chose EY because they were the most open to something different and somebody different such as myself, coming from Theoretical Physics. I also found the people to be very warm and welcoming. They took a genuine interest in helping me to succeed and to build a career with the firm. It was impossible to say no to a graduate position at EY!”

Maurese has been characteristically busy in EY.

“I have been lucky enough to travel extensively with the firm, visiting large parts of Europe, India, Egypt, and even Disney World Florida during my first few years. EY has also given me the opportunity to gain the Chartered Accounting qualification within an Advisory setting, allowing time for study leave and supporting me along my studies.  I have gained an abundance of experience in the areas of internal audit and risk management – helping global multinationals solve problems and create opportunities from the risks they face.”

Somehow, she even found the time to work with the EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme.

“I have been heavily involved in the EOY programme apart from the glitz and glamour of the gala award ceremonies and assisting in interviews of entrepreneurial CEOs, I have been able to practice my project management skills while leading teams of people preparing for one of the largest events in the Irish corporate calendar.”

Theoretical Physics may seem an odd choice of career to pursue before entering the world of business, but Maurese seems to have made the transition seamlessly.

“EY works to use our differences to build the highest performing teams across the firm. Theoretical Physics may seem miles apart from accountancy or risk advisory.  But EY looked beyond the obvious differences that exist between myself and a “typical” business student and saw what a non-traditional graduate could offer. I may be different, but by bringing the problem solving and logical thinking skills from my degree together with some of the sharpest business minds in the industry, it can lead to some pretty amazing outputs.”

Outside of EY, does Maurese have time for anything else?

“I qualified as an Irish Dancing teacher this year. I love working with children so being able to pass on a passion of mine to a younger generation is very special.

I have a one-eyed Shar Pei called Rolo.

I love the TV show Countdown and went to see it filmed live last December.

I would love to go to space – Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is my hero (I’ve met him twice!).

I love to travel and aim to visit 30 countries by the age of 30!”

Maurese is not your traditional businesswoman, having studied Theoretical Physics, and yet she is thriving like nobody’s business in EY.


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