Erin grew up in Monaghan in a family of 7 with her 4 sisters – “my poor father!” She first left home to go to DCU where she studied Accounting & Finance. Erin discusses how she “always had a love for Maths and Accounting in school and never strayed from the idea of working in that field someday”.
During the downtime of the college summer months, she managed a bookmakers in her local town back home. Having a leadership and managerial role at such a young age was a great platform to start her career at EY.
“I would work 12 hour shifts 4 days a week, so as busy as it can get here, it always feels like a half day at EY!”
During her time managing the bookies was where her love of sport was shaped and where she learnt the ins and outs of so many different sports. Although before you ask she refuses to hand out any tips!
So where did her story with EY begin?
Starting her final year, she was still quite unsure with where she wanted to go and what she wanted to do in the next phase of her career.
“I knew I wanted to work in the accounting field in some way, and knew I wanted to get my ACA qualification. I dedicated quite a bit of time at the start of the year trying to figure out what to do next. I spoke to a few people I knew who were working across the various accountancy firms and the feedback I received all pointed to EY. I was also very impressed with the recruitment team that came into DCU, as they seemed to put more effort into helping the graduates than the other firms.”
“I had my first Tax module in final year, and surprised myself by how interested I was in it. From speaking to a member of the recruitment team, she made me realise that tax would be the right path to start my career and I’m glad she did!”
So what does a day in the life of Erin look like?
So Erin works for our FSO Tax team here. She gets to work across a broad range of clients in the Insurance, Banking, Aircraft Leasing and Wealth & Asset Management sectors.
“It’s great to get the opportunity to explore different types of companies across the different sectors, while not tying myself down to one particular area so early on in my career.”
Her day to day involvement mainly includes working on tax compliance and the audit of tax and tax advice pieces.
“I’ve absolutely loved working with the people in the department and have learned so much from working alongside seniors, managers and partners with such great experience and knowledge in the field.”
Before starting at EY, Erin would say herself she knew little about the world of tax but working at EY has really opened her eyes to how tax plays such a huge part in so many different areas and how tax efficiency can be so beneficial both personally and for companies.
“The friendly and helpful nature of the department is one of the most enjoyable things about working here, and between the friends I’ve made and the social events they have to offer, I couldn’t recommend EY enough as a great place to work as a graduate. With the amount of young, enthusiastic and outgoing people I’ve met here, it’s been basically an extension of the college life, so no need to be afraid to enter the big bad world!“
“I’ve always had a huge interest in the GAA (as anyone who works near me would know all about, whether they like it or not haha). I would often be heard voicing my beliefs of Monaghan winning Sam Maguire next year (every year!).”
She started playing Gaelic football when she was 7 years old and the obsession has grown from there. Erin even started out playing for the local boys team, as she was from a small community and there were no girls team in the area and has dedicated herself to the sport ever since.
“Since joining EY, I really enjoy making the most of my weekends and days off. I’m going to Portugal in two weeks to relax after the tax compliance deadline and in the past year have been to Spain, London and Germany. I’m hoping to tick many more places off my list in the next few years at EY, and the prospect of working abroad in another one of EY’s offices really interests me. Many of my colleagues have travelled to places like India, New York, Dubai to work, and they really love to offer this opportunity to everyone here.”