1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Typical day to day responsibilities involved interacting with the client, examining audit evidence and creating/updating the audit working papers. Other responsibilities/activities included testing the clients controls, attending stock counts and performing analytical reviews on client data.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Absolutely, during my 18 months work experience I cultivated strong analytical as well as problem solving skills. It also really allowed me to hone my softer skills such as client interaction and communication.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
As with everything in life there was up's and down's. At times the hours were long and the work a grind especially during busy season (Jan-March). However during the rest of the year you have more of a chance to enjoy yourself and get acquainted with the job and your audit teams.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I personally felt that EY valued me as a respected audit team member, giving me sufficient responsibility and respect during my time on placement.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very well structured and really maximises what you take out of your time at university. I can honestly say I am a different person (in a good way) as a result of doing the EY degree. The opportunity to get stuck into your professional exams early on is very handy, and the training you receive is quality and professional. One thing I will add- it is a busy four years, you will have added stress and have to work harder than your average student.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training you receive is top quality and I felt very well supported throughout my professional exam preparation with constant, reliable feedback continuously provided to me.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
In the case of our intake some more financial support would have been greatly welcomed to help out with the cost of relocation and accomodation deposits. My intake got an offer of an interest free loan each placement although I found that with living costs in London this was insufficient to cover a month without a pay packet ontop of moving in costs. Although I am aware that subsequent/current intake years have gotten generous bursaries/grants and that currently new starters on the degree only complete a year placement as opposed to 18 months which will alleiviate this problem.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary as an intern in London was sufficient to live off and meet my costs each month. I was also able to save a little each month to contribute toward university costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, there is regular departmental drinks and social events held throughout the year and the EY degree team put on various events during key points of your placement.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It has been an invaluable experience overall and has really transformed both me as a person and my future prospects. It is also a great start post university with a clear vocation at the end of it.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
I would give all the essentials i.e. research the job your applying for, research EY and practice your interview etiquette. I would also say that on the day of your assessment centre (if you make it to that stage) to be yourself and relax. This will ensure you make the best impression and perform well. Too often do you see groups of nervous A level students sitting waiting for the assessment day to begin, not smiling, not talking to one another and not at ease. Get yourself relaxed by initiating conversation throughout the day and you'll be fine- you may even enjoy the experience!
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