1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an assistant Tax Adviser. My role includes preparing UK and US tax returns, reviewing tax codes, looking into refunds and allocating these between the assignee and their employer. Direct communication with the client. I work alongside a wide range of levels dependant on the task I complete. I delegate and manage projects and am becoming a key point of contact for senior employees.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt US tax and was put through my enrolled agent exams which I have now passed to enable me to prepare US tax returns. I have learnt UK tax, completing the ATT exams and will shortly be beginning my CTA exams to make me a chartered tax adviser. There are lots of internal training courses we attend to ensure we are up to date with the latest changes in laws. I gave been on external course for US tax as well as to build confidence with clients.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love the team I am surrounded by and how they push me to complete challenges and they inspire me to progress my career and push myself to be the best I can. I really like how EY place such a high emphasis and value on their people. I am really enjoying this programme and am looking forward to the option to progress through the roles.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I feel very appreciated by my team. I get values awards for any work I did well and where I have exceed expectations with the commitment I place. I receive constant feedback about how I can improve, grow and what to continue doing where I am working well.
This makes me feel very valued and a recognised member of the team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction to the programme was very well set out and was shortly followed by exam training.
We have receive a lot of support to enable us to complete our exams and ensure they are passed first time. We are each appointed a buddy and counsellor to help us integrate ourselves into our teams aswell as the wider community. our counsellors are there to help us progress throughout our career.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We receive lots of support from our training provider. We are given books for the course, question materials as well as revision books and questions as well as continuous link exams and mocks to see how we are progressing. They are always very helping offering their help 24/7.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My team are always very supportive with allowing me time out of the office to complete my exams as well as managing my workload so that I am able to balance work and revision.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary currently meets my costs very well as I am living with parents. However I have just brought a flat and my travel costs and general living costs are about to go up dramatically and therefore the salary will be a lot tighter for myself going forward.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are lots of activities, events that we can get involved with outside of work. We have regular social events for fellow school leavers and also for our individuals teams.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It has been a phenomenal experience and has allowed me to grow dramatically. The support they have given me and the challenges I have been exposed to enable me to fast track my career and succeed against others.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Ensure that you read up about the firm so that should they ask why you chose EY, you are able to respond. During the assessment day ensure that you remain personable, showing that you are able to work in a team but also work independently. Factor in all your skills and experiences you have gained and reflect on how this has/will transfer to other skills which will be useful in business
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