1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Assistant Executive, leading engagements dealing with audit clients focused on wealth and asset management. I help support the execs and managers whilst liaising with clients and resolving issues; additionally help to coach more junior members of the team.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am studying towards the ACA qualification. I've developed a great deal of skills from team working, communication, IT (Excel), audit, GAAM, IFRS, presentation and more. I've learnt a lot about the wealth and asset management industries and the regulations which govern them.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy working in the large teams as usually they are fairly young and it can be a very social and enjoyable job. The work can be mundane at times, especially on smaller engagements, however you have to take the good with the bad. Over all I enjoy my job and the responsibilities and freedom it gives me.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
It can very depending on which engagements you're on and the managers you are working for, some are much more appreciative than others. We do have a values award scheme which is a nice token of appreciation. I feel valued on a whole but you can sometimes feel like just another number due to the size and scale of EY.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
As I am the first intake of school leavers, there hasn't been a great structure to the plan and we have been told rather last minute of changes, policies, training etc which has been rather annoying. There is no dedicated support team in place to deal with school leaver specific queries which is annoying. The overall programme is what you make of it and I have enjoyed this.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training programme is outsourced to Kaplan who deal with the exams very well and there is support from tutors who deliver very good tuition.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We are also given counsellors within EY which help us to deal with day to day issues and we can come to with problems etc.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As I am still living at home I find the remuneration quite good and as the structure of the programme is so that it increases annually this is good in order to cover increasing expenses of travel and living.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a few social clubs and networks and sports groups which people can join into which is good.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Its a great friendly company for people interested in finance and accounting, it offers a great alternative for students who may not want to go to university and as it is one of the top 4 professional service companies in the world you get a fantastic experience.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Be yourself and be friendly, its about who you are and not all about what you know.
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