Lian
Consultant
EY-Parthenon B.V.
Office: Rotterdam
Year Joined: in 2014 and rejoined in 2019 after obtaining an MBA and an MA in Education
Education: Master in Clinical and Molecular Neuroscience from the University of Groningen and an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University
 

What type of work do you do in your role as a consultant at EY-Parthenon?

Responsibilities increase throughout your entire career and when you make the step to consultant, you start managing your first projects. This entails a move from doing specific analyses and focusing on pieces of the problem, to keeping an overview of the complete story and bringing all pieces together to formulate a compelling advice. Furthermore, you keep in close contact with the client on the one hand and the team members on the other. It is not only about managing the content, but also all the people who are involved. This makes the job really diverse!

What is one of your favorite projects that you’ve worked on?

One of my favorite projects was a project in which we helped a company in the education sector determine their strategy for the next few years. I have an MA in Education, so the subject of this strategy really fits my background. As the manger on this project, I was involved in all discussions with the company’s management team and it was interesting to hear their few on where the market is going and to be able to contribute knowledge about how the market is developing in other countries.

Why did you choose to work at EY-Parthenon?

I got to know EY-Parthenon during Consultancy Castle. What stood out to me was the down to earth mentality of the consultants and the interest they took in the participants. In addition, I appreciated the quantitative approach EY-Parthenon takes to solving problems. The EY-Parthenon office is relatively small compared to many other strategy consulting offices in the Netherlands, which allows for a personal and close connection with all colleagues – something I value a lot! Last but not least, EY-Parthenon has a great track record in the Education Sector, especially in the UK and the US. This is a sector I am very passionate about.

How would you describe the culture at EY-Parthenon?

Down to earth, competitive and inclusive. A consequence of our office being relatively small is that we know each other really well and a lot of us are friends outside of the office as well. We go skiing together, organize game nights, are invited to housewarmings and birthday parties, and go on a AC weekend once a year. This is officially a weekend for associate consultants, but because it is so much fun, many consultants and managers join as well.