1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Audit trainee- we are based largely at client sites, testing the numbers and disclosures within the financial statements. This involves a lot of interaction with the finance staff, from the accounts clerk to the Finance Director. I am also involved in other adhoc projects such as recruitment for example.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt lots of skills such as communication, team management and co-operation, as well as technical skills through on the job training the ACA exams.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the programme, it allows you access to all parts of the business and get stuck in with the real work. I enjoy being able to interact with the various levels of staff within EY as well as out the client.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I feel that EY treat us well, they try to ensure that everyone is happy in their job( each person gets a counsellor assigned to them). They also have lots of social events that everyone is invited to, and these occur quite regularly.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well structured, as it is timed around the exams and our progression, pay rises etc reflect where we are in terms of how far through the exams we are.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I get all the support I need from the training provider, as they ensure that we are all ready to sit the exams when it comes to exam day.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
EY give us the time off for study and exams, and are flexible in their approach. I feel they try to support us as much as they can, so that we have the best chance to pass the exams.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary and benefits are good and reflective of the location (i.e. regional based, not in London). The salary can always be improved, but it is competitive with other Big 4 firms.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Lots of opportunities outside work- i.e. football and netball teams, social events etc. Everyone is always invited. We also have 2 CSR days each year we can use- i.e. do charity fundraising events or go into a local school to help children with their reading etc.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Great company to work for, lots of opportunities in the future, good benefits and you'll learn a lot here.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Do lots of research into the wider business sector (and obviously research EY!). Be confident and be yourself in the interview, and make sure you give good examples of demonstrating your strengths.
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