1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Whilst on work placement within EY we undertook a range of roles within the audit process. Appropriate supervision was always given, with 18 months of work experience being undertaken over the three year degree program. Usually cash was a standard account to start with, but more responsibility and more technical work was soon undertaken. Interaction with the client was a focal point of all the work undertook.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my interpersonal skills through meetings with clients and building relationships with these. Also working as part of a audit team, has developed my soft skills, with technical accountancy skills, ie IFRS have been developed through my work experience and professional exams.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The program has been tough with work placements being mainly over busy season (Jan-Mar) which has meant some long hours, however this has meant a strong platform of work to be able to develop my understanding and knowledge within a pressured environment. This meant that it was enjoyable and rewarding.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
EY are quick to give you responsibility and to let you take ownership of your own work. However the feedback process can be very slow and thus not give you recognition of your qualities and also constructive crisism, as is often received at the end of a placement when it is too late to implement.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The course is well structured with a great split between working, professional exams and university. However the organisation of the course is sometimes poor. Information and instructions are not always available in a timely mannor, for example many students did not receive contracts for work placements until the week before it began, or events would not be published in advance, allowing students to make time for these. It felt like some members of the EY team did not fully understand the program and when things would be taking place ect
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Through out college the training from BPP was of a very high standard. The teachers there were the best i have had and were extreamly good. They moved at a good pace and ensured they made time for anyone in the class who had extra questions. This was demonstrated by the pass rate in our class.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Support is always available, but it is not offered, you had to seek for it if you require any. However in a working environment i believe this is how it should be. Always if you are unsure of anything or had questions there is always someone who will be wiling to help as long as you voice this.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary has been the same for the last 7 or 8 years i understand so i believe it is a little low and can be seen as a little out in comparison to what some other employers may pay. However saying that, the salary was enough to comfortably rent somewhere in London and enjoy all that the city had to offer in your down time.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are not that many opportunities outside of work. Every so often there are department drinks and socials. However, there are societies within EY which you can join. This is a great way to meet people within EY and to take up a hobby.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a friendly place to work, and gaining a ICAS, ACA or ACCA qualification is a great platform for your career and EY offers you so much. You will have opportunities to second to different departments and make the most of what you would like to do.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
I would say, be yourself, be confident and view the interview process of selling yourself and everything that you have to offer EY. On the assessment centers you will do group-work, which i think is very close to a normal days work at EY. It is important to make sure you get your view point across but also take into account everyone else's and give them chance to speak.
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