Agnieszka Pawlikowska, Sr. Consultant, EY
13 September 2021
In order to help current students and recent graduates to find their way in the working world, many of our alumni shared their career story. Here the story of Agnieszka Pawlikowska, Sr. Consultant at EY in Luxembourg (LUX). USI Degree: Master in Banking and Finance, 2017.
How did you start your career?
Right before my graduation, I decided to move back to my home-country and gain some experience in the industry there. I found a job right away. However after 6 months working in Poland, I knew living abroad and working in the international environment is what I am looking for. I started to look for a new position and found out and opening in Financial Transaction Engineering in EY Luxembourg. After several interviews I got accepted. In March 2018 I moved to Luxembourg, where I started to work as a consultant in EY Luxembourg.
Why did you choose a career in EY?
I decided to apply to EY, because I believe the firm offers its employees an excellent training and create leaders of the future. The company supports employees' initiatives and let them flourish in the fields they are passionate about.
What is your current role/duties?
My current duties consist of review of the transfer pricing documentation, preparation/review of the interest rate benchmark analysis and valuations, coaching junior consultants, automation of our processes and managing projects I am assigned to.
In your opinion, what are the qualities necessary for a successful career in EY?
In order to be successful in EY Luxembourg you need to be proactive, hard-working, detail-oriented and outspoken (do not be afraid to ask questions).
What positive aspects and qualities meant most to you during the study programme you attended?
During my studies I gained confidence in my knowledge and skills, especially presentation skill. Further more I learnt how to work in the international environment and understood how the cultural difference can embrace the team.
What competences and/or skills acquired in your USI Study Program have been useful/are useful to your professional career?
On daily basis I am using the knowledge about accounting, corporate finance and capital markets as well as modelling and valuation. The excel and presentation skills are setting me a part from my peers.
What is your advice to USI students entering the job market?
At the beginning of your career you might not know exactly what you want to do. So try and see yourself whether the position suits you. And remember to always think where this opportunity will lead you.