Boon Siew Mei
What did you do at university?
I studied Economics in University College London (UCL).
Why did you choose a career in your field?
When I was an intern, I was exposed to the field of consulting. As I enjoyed the work assigned to me then, I decided to venture into consulting upon graduation. Consulting has provided me with the opportunity to work on a variety of engagements in different industries.
What do you do in your job?
I do a range of things which includes attending meetings with team members and clients, carrying out research, and preparing presentations and proposals. I also have to attend to administrative work such as printing, filing and taking meeting minutes. A memorable experience was when I was given the opportunity to lead a two-month market study engagement. In that role, I had to chair meetings with senior executives from the clients such as the Chief Marketing Officer as well as present solutions to the CFO himself!
What skills do you consider to be essential for your job?
Leadership, communication and willingness to learn are the three key skills that I consider essential for my job.
What do you like most about your job?
My colleagues – many of whom have become my best friends! I particularly enjoy the opportunity to work on different types of engagements in different industries that require different knowledge and skills. This keeps the job interesting all the time and I also find that I am continuously learning. The experience and exposure have certainly proven invaluable to my professional growth and development.
What are your future plans?
I am considering moving to a similar consulting position with EY in Australia. EY is a global organisation with an integrated global network and I do hope I will be able to make this move to the EY office in Sydney. I truly enjoy EY’s work culture and I look forward to the opportunities that EY can provide me in my career.
Many fresh graduates may not realise this, but one of the key areas in consulting is research. If you want to be in consulting, you need to be prepared for research work. You should also enjoy learning because in consulting, you never stop learning!