To​ ​Stay​ ​a ​Leader,​ ​this​ ​Company​ ​is Disrupting…​Itself

Alyssa Greenfield
To​ ​Stay​ ​a ​Leader,​ ​this​ ​Company​ ​is Disrupting…​Itself
Sponsored by, EY

How​ ​do​ ​you​ ​get​ ​ahead​ and fuel career growth ​when​ ​you’re​ ​already​ ​a​ ​​top​ ​professional​ ​services​ ​firm?​  

Two​ ​words:​ ​Keep​ ​learning.  

It​ ​may​ ​be​ ​a​ ​simple​ ​phrase,​ ​but​ ​each year EY​ ​invests $500​ ​million ​and 12 million hours into classes​ for​ ​employees.​ ​These​ ​courses​ ​are​ ​geared​ ​toward​ ​continuing​ ​career​ ​growth and​ ​helping​ ​team​ ​members​ ​keep​ ​up​ ​as​ ​the​ ​industry​ ​changes.  

Why​ ​is​ ​EY​ ​doing​ ​this?  

While​ ​soft​ ​skills​ ​like​ ​communication,​ ​writing, ​and​ ​problem​ ​solving​ ​are​ ​useful​ ​no​ ​matter​ ​how​ ​fast​ ​an industry​ ​changes,​ ​the​ ​same​ ​isn’t​ ​always​ ​true​ ​for​ ​hard​ ​skills—especially​ ​ones​ ​related​ ​to​ ​technology​ ​and data.​ ​That​ ​can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​daunting​ ​thought,​ ​but​ ​EY​ ​leaders aren’t​ ​waiting​ ​for​ ​the​ ​future​ ​to​ ​come.

Instead, they are​ ​getting​ ​ahead​ ​of​ ​it.  

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“Virtually​ ​every​ ​industry​ ​is​ ​vulnerable​ ​to​ ​disruption,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​means​ ​there​ ​are​ ​a​ ​few​ ​things​ ​every​ ​company should​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​their​ ​long-term​ ​success,”​ ​says EY’s Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark A. Weinberger.

​The​ ​solution?​ ​Weinberger​ ​says​ ​companies need​ ​to​ ​disrupt​ ​their​ ​​own​​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​work​ ​before​ ​someone​ ​else​ ​does.  

What​ ​does ​disrupting​ ​your​ ​own​ ​business​ to fuel career growth ​look​ ​like? ​Here’s​ ​what​ ​it​ ​means​ ​at​ ​EY:  

1. Instead​ ​of​ ​just​ ​teaching​ ​skills​ ​like​ ​data​ ​analytics,​ ​EY​ ​is​ ​going​ ​one​ ​step​ ​further​ ​and​ ​staging​ ​mock business​ ​challenges.​ ​These​ ​challenges​ ​show​ ​team​ ​members​ ​how​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​their​ ​new​ ​skills​ ​and understand​ ​how​ ​they’ll​ ​be​ ​helpful​ ​as​ ​the​ ​industry​ ​changes.

2. As an EY employee, you ​can​ ​earn​ ​certificates​ ​when​ ​you​ ​learn​ ​a​ ​new​ ​skill​ ​to​ ​help​ you​ ​advance​ ​both​ ​at​ ​EY​ ​and wherever​ ​your ​career​ ​takes​ ​you ​in​ ​the​ ​future.  

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3. EY​ ​is​ ​building​ ​teams​ ​differently,​ ​pairing up​ ​employees​ ​with​ ​tech​ ​talent​ ​and​ ​those​ ​with​ ​traditional professional​ ​services​ ​experience.​ ​“We​ ​expect​ ​to​ ​hire​ ​more​ ​graduates​ ​with​ ​technological​ ​and​ ​data backgrounds​ ​this​ ​year​ ​than​ ​Google​ ​will,”​ ​says​ ​Weinberger.​ ​He​ ​believes​ ​this​ ​combination​ ​of backgrounds​ ​will​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​the​ ​most​ ​innovative​ ​ideas.

4. They​ ​created​ ​an​ ​entire​ ​team​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​the​ ​future:​ ​the​ ​Global​ ​Innovation​ ​Team,​ ​led​ ​by​ ​EY’s global chief​ ​innovation​ ​officer,​ ​a​ ​former​ ​Silicon​ ​Valley​ ​exec.​ ​The​ ​Global​ ​Innovation​ ​Team​ ​builds​ ​pilot projects, or ​internal​ ​start-ups​ ​aimed​ ​at​ ​disrupting​ ​EY’s​ ​different​ ​business​ ​areas.

“Our​ ​logic​ ​is​ ​simple:​ ​if​ ​the​ ​world​ ​of​ ​tax​ ​and​ ​assurance is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​disrupted​ ​soon,​ ​we​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be​ ​the ones​ ​to​ ​do​ ​it,”​ ​says​ ​Weinberger.  

Are​ ​you​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​help​ ​EY​ ​prepare​ ​for​ ​the​ ​future?​ ​They’re​ ​hiring,​ ​so​ ​​explore​ ​their​ ​open​ ​positions​ ​on WayUp​ ​now!​ Career growth is waiting for you.  

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