Hazel hails from the Hurling capital of the world, Kilkenny. She pursued and earned her First Class honours in Economics and Finance from the University of Limerick. She joined EY first on the Work Placement Programme.
“In my third year, I took part in EY’s 8 month work-placement programme where I moved to Dublin from January till September in 2014. I returned to EY in September 2015 as a Graduate in Transaction Advisory Services (TAS), more specifically within Valuations and Business Modelling.”
EY’s vibrancy and people-focused culture intrigued her.
“EY grabbed my attention more than the other Big 4 companies before I joined as a Grad. It was easy to see that it was a vibrant and exciting place to start your career. There was a huge focus on Vision 2020 around this time as it wasn’t long after the rebranding of the firm so it seemed like the right time to join when they were looking for people to be a part of that journey. I also think the culture in EY is second to none in comparison to other Big Four firms. It also offers a wide range of exam support, such as the FacultEY resources and the large number of internal and external lecturers on hand to offer advice.”
The EY internship is different because we trust our interns to do real work, that has an actual impact. Hazel certainly agrees.
“I have been fortunate enough since I joined EY to have received invaluable experience, and exposure to exciting clients and engagements.”
Outside of EY, Hazel is, typically enough for a Kilkenny native, a big Hurling fan. Fortunately, giving the county’s proficiency, she’s able to support them in Croker most Septembers. Hazel isn’t just a sideline supporter though, she also holds her own All Ireland Medal in Ladies Handball.
Off dryland, Hazel is also a qualified lifeguard and her wanderlust has carried her across the world as well.
“I have a few trips planned this year: Not long after returning from London, I’m heading to T in the Park festival in Scotland this weekend, Croatia in August and Disneyland Paris in October (hopefully). I travelled over to California last summer for 3 weeks, and spent the majority of my time in San Diego. Over there, I did make time for a trip to Las Vegas for 5 nights with college friends – there was around 15 of us, and I can honestly say it was the trip of a lifetime. It was the perfect break before starting work at EY.”
Travel may well feature in Hazel’s future with EY also. The opportunities available in EY are numerous thanks to our growth year on year. Hazel joined our Graduate Programme from her Internship. Once she has her professional qualifications, the world is her oyster with the opportunities available in EY.