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I’ve been surprised by how diverse the academic backgrounds of my colleagues are, and how beneficial that is to our project teams.
- PhD in Medical Science from the University of NSW
- Bachelor of Philosophy from ANU
- Postdoc at the Garvan Institute
- Cook. Dog walker. Traveller (pre-COVID).
Describe your colleagues in five (ish) words.
Smart, friendly, motivated, happy to help
Most transferrable skills from science to strategy consulting?
The problem-solving skills you get from science research are very applicable to strategy consulting, even though the topic is completely different
Recommended reading for work and for leisure?
The last book I read for work (Book Club) was No Rules Rules and for leisure was The Yield (highly recommended!)
Working in the Private Equity sector offers fast-paced problem solving that sees you jumping from one industry and client to the next, with an immediate impact on the client’s decision-making process. Coupled with the accelerated progression that comes with the pace and intensity of transaction strategy work, this career is hard to match!
- Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Accounting) from the University of New South Wales
- Prior to consulting, was a senior accountant with EY, focused on the banking sector
- Beach lover. Traveller (46 countries and counting). Mario Kart champion.
What advice do you have for people interviewing for consulting roles?
We want to see your passion for problem solving and your mental agility when we throw any curve balls. Demonstrate that you can build rapport under pressure and don’t be afraid to ask for a nudge in the right direction.
You’ve lived and worked in Australia, Europe and the UK…what’s your favourite thing about each?
The beaches, food, coffee and work-life balance of Australia; the geographic centrality, Alps and Currywurst of Germany; and the career progression and five airports of London.
What gets you up in the morning?
Aside from my alarm, my hope that I can be a role model, whether personally or professionally, for at least one person that I interact with is what motivates me each day.
I am constantly inspired by the intelligence and humility of my colleagues at EY PJP and I love the ‘never stop learning’ culture. It’s a workplace where stepping out of your comfort zone is not only supported, but actively encouraged.
- Master of Environmental Economics (Distinction) from the London School of Economics
- Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (First Class Honours) from the University of NSW
- Aviation enthusiast. Basketballer. Aspiring golfer (enthusiasm not matched by skill).
Why did you choose to study the Master of Environmental Economics?
I was motivated to undertake my Master in Environmental Economics and Climate Change due to the undeniable (and increasingly visible) effects of global warming on our planet. I believe that Australia is well positioned to act meaningfully to mitigate these impacts and I would like to actively contribute to that effort.
Advice to people wondering if they would enjoy a career in consulting?
Every consultant has generally followed a different path into the industry, though we all have an appreciation for the journey required to solve complex problems. No matter your background, if you feel that you enjoy problem solving, particularly in a commercial context, then it’s very likely that you will enjoy consulting.
Dream guests for a dinner party?
Michael Jordan, Kevin De Bruyne, Lewis Hamilton, Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Our consulting approach is collaborative and impactful. Identifying solutions for our client’s most complex challenges requires genuine engagement, tailoring our approach and adapting to new information while maintaining a relentless focus on finding the answer.
- Master of Commerce (Economics & Finance) with Excellence from the University of New South Wales; Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law; Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University
- Over a decade of experience in the government, private and not-for profit sectors, advising senior leaders on their economic, financial, legal, governance and performance-related priorities.Prior to joining EY PJP, Abi was a senior executive within the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. She has also led complex multi-year projects for a range of bodies including the NSW Law Reform Commission and the University of NSW
- Music fan. Casual foodie. Film and TV aficionado.
What are the key aspects of your former life in the public sector that have helped you succeed in strategy consulting?
Consulting offers me many of the things I loved most about working in the public sector and some new things as well. I was passionate about problem solving, client service, fast-paced projects and working with talented people. EY PJP gives me the opportunity to do this across a broad range of clients and issues unlocking fresh perspectives and insights.
What are some of the highlights of your career in strategy consulting?
I’ve really enjoyed working on strategy and market design in complex and rapidly evolving regulatory environments. Perhaps what is surprising is the range of sectors I get to work in and the lessons I can apply across sectors. Some fascinating examples include aged care (which involved site visits across Australia), energy, vocational education & training and circular economy policy.
Advice to your 18-year-old self?
Apart from the extensive list of questionable fashion choices to avoid…
When charting your path, focus on the transferable skills you have developed / want to develop (lifelong learning is humbling and empowering), and what motivates you (sense of purpose).