1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Audit associate role carrying out basic audit tasks such as transaction tests and testing of cash and debtors accounts. Worked in small teams with other employees of all level.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have improved my understanding of how an audit is done, which has be useful in helping me understand the audit modules in my degree. Have completed some ICAS exams already and did the ITA training to understand audit basic
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The university experience on the programme was very enjoyable as everyone on the scheme knew each other very well and there was a good social aspect. The placement was difficult at times but valuable,
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
Manager and other staff always showed great appreciation of the work done, making you feel like an important team member. I was also given a £50 reward for working on a particularly challenging client
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
We were given 5 days of induction to the job and the firm, which was very intense but valuable in the work place, as it showed how to do most of the things we had to do when we started working
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There are always tutors available by email at any time, so support was easy to access. Whenever people encountered problems with the content clear guidance was always provided
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Many of the staff were very supportive, as some had been through the EY degree programme so understood our position. Managers were always very interested in the programme and always discussed what level of work you were capable of which made the experience much easier
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is sufficient to cover living costs and social costs in the location I was placed in. Travel costs were covered by expense paid in addition to the salary which made things much more generous than the salary suggesr
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many sports teams and various networks for meeting people, as well as regular department socials. There were also regular emails about charity events and many opportunities to get involved
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Very good employer who make you feel valued. High quality training given which makes starting work much less intimidating. Friendly and supportive staff.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Don't panic when doing online assessments, and its okay to feel time pressured! Make friends at the assessment day, it makes group tasks easier and familiar faces when you start work are helpful
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