1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
EY selected university degree modules to gain exceptions from professional exams, and did in total 18 months practical experience in audit throughout the 4 years at university. All tasks were included and as a proceeded through uni and did additional placements the responsibilities increased and i have a good knowledge of audit when commencing full time work. I was treated like a graduate and interacted with clients and seniors as if i was already part of the firm.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have completed 3 professional accountancy exams before completing my degree to get me in good stead for the next stage. the split allows the burden of all the professional exams to be spread over a longer time. I think this gave me good knowledge for my placements and could be applied to modules in my final year of uni
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the variety of work that the job entails by switching from client to client and meeting different teams and made some really strong relationships. The culture as welcoming to all levels and although challenging there were always ways to get the help you needed
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
all levels were appreciative in the work performed especially when working at my level of experience as opposed to the level that i was designated to.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The course is run by those who don't know audit and can plan impractical things for training. Those who run the course has changed various times and it is hard to keep up with who to speak to. They take too much time to reply to questions and emails at times.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
At BPP we had excellent teachers that i cannot fault. The attitude and teaching style was exemplary.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The resource co ordinator was always happy to help and there is a great flexibility when there is personal issues in times starting and finishing work if there were any issues.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Expenses were a good programme and always reimbursed in a timely manner. The salary for the apprentice was always more than enough to rent in a city center and have disposable income.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I joined the company netball period for a time in my placements and was always receiving emails for other opportunities in charity and sport evens that i could join in with
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The wage and opportunity for progression is such that makes the workload worth it and the review sysrem in place means it can be satisfying and rewarding at times when you feel you have done good work and are recognised for it
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Be involved in assessment days, be vocal in group work and be prepared for the interviews and don't be nervous!
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